Judges for the program selected the winners from among 96 patient finalists and 20 industry finalists; the full list of this year’s patient finalists can be found here. These finalists were culled down from more than 21,000 nominations in the patient categories and more than five dozen in the industry categories.
The patient leader categories were judged first by their patient peers to determine finalists, who were then assessed by nearly five dozen industry thought leaders to determine the winners. The industry categories were judged by nearly two dozen patient leaders, many of whom were previous WEGO Health Awards winners.
In addition to being announced and celebrated during the virtual event, winners will also be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, on stage at the 2021 HLTH event taking place in Boston. This will be the third year the WEGO Health Awards have partnered with HLTH and the first time since 2019 that winners will be celebrated in person. WEGO Health Awards sponsors HLTH, Outcomes4Me and HealthSparq have made it possible for winners to attend in person.
About the WEGO Health Awards
The WEGO Health Awards, created in 2011 to empower patient leaders and celebrate their accomplishments, is the only program to recognize patient leaders across all condition areas and platforms. For 10 years, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to honor, recognize, and celebrate the work of patient advocates, influencers and healthcare collaborators who are changing the patients’ lives and transforming healthcare – often without any formal recognition.
About Health Union
Health Union, with the recent acquisition of WEGO Health, maintains the largest team of experts, patient advocates and healthcare leaders dedicated to social health. The company encourages social interactions that evolve into valuable online health conversations, helping people with chronic conditions find the information, connection, and validation they seek. Health Union does this by creating condition-specific online communities – publishing original, daily content and continuously cultivating social conversation – to support, educate and connect millions of people with challenging, chronic health concerns. The Health Union family of brands includes 36 online health communities, including LungCancer.net, ParkinsonsDisease.net, MultipleSclerosis.net and Migraine.com.