Hello all! I have some INCREDIBLY EXCITING NEWS! I have an opportunity to launch The Comical Colon’s patient advocacy career through WEGO Health!
- What is WEGO Health?
- What is the WEGO Health Awards Program?
- Why I’d Love The Comical Colon to Go to the Health Conference This Year
- Why I need Your Help
- How Do You Nominate Someone?
- What Happens After the Nomination Period?
- Thank You!
Or, if you’d rather watch the vid I posted on my Instagram, here it is 🙂
What is WEGO Health?
WEGO Health is an organization that connects healthcare companies with patient leaders.
Patient leaders use their experience, skills, and insights to help healthcare and pharmaceutical companies with the design, development, and promotion of their products and services.
^AKA, basically my dream job! 😱😊
What is the WEGO Health Awards Program?
“The WEGO Health Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community. It provides the opportunity for community members to thank and support the Patient Leaders and patient-centric initiatives they admire.”
Basically, it’s a designated time that people can nominate patient leaders who they believe are making an impact via their blog, social media channels, YouTube channel, etc.
This year marks the 8th annual WEGO Health awards!
The patient leader winners will receive airfare and accommodations to the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas this October!
These winners will be recognized on stage for their advocacy efforts, and they’ll get to share their patient story and expertise on patient panels, round tables, and Table Talks with leaders in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.^Again, ahhhh, my dream job! 😱😊
Why I’d Love The Comical Colon to Go to the Health Conference This Year
You guys know that my passion is to reach out to others on their own colitis or Crohn’s Disease journeys.
Why? Because there’s a stigma around inflammatory bowel disease because no one really enjoys talking about poop.
But, when patients with inflammatory bowel disease don’t talk to others about their disease, there can be detrimental consequences, including shame, fear, loneliness and isolation, depression, and anxiety.
Through The Comical Colon, I want to close that gap of isolation. On this blog, I share my medical journey openly by diving into the visceral, the optimistic, and the raw that my colon has shown me along my comically imperfect journey.
My mission through The Comical Colon is to share my experiences to connect with others on their IBD journeys; to provide resources, tips, and links to patients and families who don’t know where to turn; and to offer encouragement, community, and sensible chuckles.
I believe that sharing my story with vulnerability and humor will show others that it’s okay (healthy, even) to talk about your disease, your fears, your times of triumph, and even your embarrassing moments.
Why I Need Your Help
The Comical Colon blog has existed for just over a year. It’s not very well-known quite yet, but I’ve been expanding my social media presence on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to reach as many people as I can.
Since The Comical Colon is still growing, I need your support in order to make it to this Health conference. I believe so strongly in The Comical Colon’s mission, despite it being one of the newer inflammatory bowel disease blogs out there.
If the purpose or the mission of The Comical Colon strikes a chord with you, or if you or someone you know might benefit from the stories I share here, I would be so grateful if you made a nomination for The Comical Colon.
Truthfully, sharing my IBD journey through The Comical Colon began as a therapeutic hobby and a way to help others feel less alone. But now, I’ve realized that chronic illness writing is more than a hobby—it’s my calling.Please help me spread The Comical Colon name so those in need may always find encouragement, practical tips and tricks, and a place to feel at home.
How Do You Nominate Someone?
Step 1: Visit the WEGO Health Awards Nomination Page
Type in either “Jenna Ziegler” or “Comical Colon” in the first box at the bottom of the screen.
Click the orange button that says, “Add Your Nomination.”
Step 2: Choose The Award Category
Choose the award category or categories you’d like to nominate the patient leader for.
There are 15 different categories to choose from, and there are some really fun ones like Hilarious Patient Leader, Best Kept Secret, and Rookie of the Year!
Step 3: Copy and Paste Your Nominee’s URLs
Next, it’ll ask you to copy and paste your nominee’s blog or social media URL. (This information allows WEGO Health to find, verify, and contact the nominee to alert them of their nominations.)
You can simply copy and paste one or multiple of mine:
Step 4: Add Your Reason
There’s a place for you to explain why you’re nominating this person. You can also choose to nominate this person anonymously!
Step 5: Add Your Name
Last step! Thanks for hanging in there.
Just add your name and email to complete your nomination. You’ll receive an email asking you to validate your nomination.
What Happens After the Nomination Period?Nominations are open until June 28th!
July 1st – July 28th
WEGO Health explains that an endorsement is “A way to give nominees a visual show of support.”
Essentially, each nominee will have an endorsement button on their profile, and you can see how many endorsements each nominee has already received.Endorsements are super important because the nominees with the highest amount of endorsements in each category automatically become the finalists!
Winner Announcement Ceremony
September 18th – 20th
There will be a virtual ceremony on WEGO Health channels from Sep 18 – 20 to announce the winners in each category!
Winners Go to the HLTH Conference!
October 27th – 30th
The winners will receive airfare and accommodations to attend the HLTH Conference from Oct 27 – 30!!
At this conference, the winners will get to contribute their insights at the conference on patient panels, round tables, and Table Talks with leaders in the health and pharmaceutical industries!It’s the ideal way to make connections, get your brand name out there, and truly hit the ground running with your patient advocacy career.
It means a lot just that you’re here. And, any nomination of a patient advocate is a win in my book. After all, every advocate has the same goal—to help others feel less alone.
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