Judging Application:
2024 Social Health Awards

Industry judging is the final step in the Social Health Awards process. Our panel of healthcare thought leaders and experts will individually review and score six finalists in their assigned award category; Health Union then tallies the scores to identify the winners! Judges who sign up to participate (by filling in the form below) will receive detailed instructions leading up to the judging window, which will take place between approximately June 1st-14th this year

The judging process is a small time commitment (about one hour) that yields a big time impact on the Social Health Awards program and the patient leaders who are celebrated. As a champion of the patient community, Health Union will publicly recognize our industry judges amongst peers for taking on this important role.

For the third year in a row, the Social Health Awards winners will be honored alongside industry at the 2024 Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards ceremony during the Digital Pharma East conference in Philadelphia.

Volunteering as an industry judge means:

Judging one category virtually, between approximately
June 1st-14th, 2024

Dedicating just ~1 hour of your time to review inspiring patient leader nominees

Underscoring your dedication to patient centricity

Frequently Asked Questions

The Social Health Awards are split into four phases:

  1. Nominations
  2. Endorsements
  3. Judging
  4. Celebration.

Following nominations and endorsements, there are six finalists identified in each award category. Finalists are selected in two ways:

  • The top three endorsed nominees within a Social Health Awards category automatically move on as finalists.
  • The subsequent three finalists in each category are selected by a first round of patient leader judges. The finalist judging panels are composed of past award winners, foundations, and organizations.

Once the six finalists have been selected, it’s then up to our industry judges to score them based on the judging criteria and identify the winners. 

Judges score nominees on the following criteria:

  • Fit for the Award | How well does this person fit the category they are nominated for? For example: if they are nominated for Rookie of the Year, have they only recently started their advocacy journey?
  • Use of Social Health | How well does this patient leader use social health for their advocacy? Through social health – the dynamic, real-time action people take to find meaningful connections and share information that impact the health journey – patients find information, connection and validation. Take time to review the nominee’s social channels to get a feel for how they’re conducting their online advocacy. Someone who’s truly embracing social health is active, engaged, and responsive when it comes to meeting community needs. Don’t focus on their audience size, but the creative and innovative ways they’re using social media to impact the lives of patients and caregivers.
  • Focus on sharing of information and overall engagement | How well does this patient leader balance sharing of their own content with the sharing of others’ content and information?

Judges spend an average of one hour reviewing the patient leader finalists. All materials are provided by Health Union and judging will be conducted virtually, on your own time, between June 23-30, 2023.

Health Union is partnering with Fierce Pharma to celebrate and honor the inaugural Social Health Award winners during the Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards at Digital Pharma East on September 13th. If you are interested in attending, visit the Digital Pharma East website.