As I am sure most of you will have seen #Backpainuk has been nominated for an award from WEGO Health which was a lovely surprise for me and then I was told I am in the last three. Today is the last day for anyone to vote for you and Mike Dilke from UK Health Radio had a chat to Wego about this on his podcast this week. His other guests are a personal trainer and yoga teacher who give some tips to help us counteract a sedentary lifestyle.
WEGO Health explains all about their network of patient leaders of which I am one but this is open for anyone who writes/blogs/teaches/caregivers about their own or a particular health problem. Their Patient Leader Network includes more than 100k patients and caregivers, across virtually all health conditions and topics. It’s comprised of health advocates, influencers and experts ready to transform healthcare by sharing their insights and expertise.
WEGO Health is committed to elevating the voice and visibility of Patient Leaders and offers their network members exclusive invitations to paid market research opportunities, freelance consulting projects, and empowering resources – to name a few. With access to paid opportunities and exclusive resources, together with their members, they aim to help solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges.
To join WEGO Health –
Step One – Join Their Network
The first thing you should do is join their network!
By joining their network, you are in their system for when they have an opportunity (like a survey, Truvio study or Community Insight Group) that matches your condition area. If they have an opportunity that they think is perfect for you, they will reach out to see if you’re available to participate. Most of these opportunities are paid. It’s important to keep this profile up to date with your most current info so that they can get in contact with you for opportunities, so if any of your information changes be sure to come back and update it.
Step Two – Create and promote your social feeds
Most of their patient leaders have created their networks and communities by using different forms of social media. This is arguably the most important way for you to spread the word of your advocacy work!
Step Three – Stay Connected to WEGO Health
Blog for them!
If you’d like to write a post for the WEGO Health blog, they say they would be happy to have you! They are looking for great stories about people overcoming obstacles and tackling health activism. They are also looking for people to share the nitty-gritty of health activism, like how to start a blog, how to use social media for activism, or how to use a hashtag!
Make a Short Video!
Help them tell the world why advocacy is so important! Make a 1-minute video telling them why being a patient leader is so important to you! No need to be fancy, a cellphone video is just fine but film it horizontally.
Send Them Your Photo!
Patients and caregivers really love seeing the faces of people who are trying to make a change. Send them your photo and a 1-2 sentence bio about who you are and what you’re trying to do. They can use this to feature you on their Instagram and Twitter feeds! Be sure to include important URLs that they can share so patients will know how to get in contact with you.
If you’re interested in ANY of the above opportunities, send them an email and let them know! You can catch them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step Four – Reach Out to Us!
After you sign up for their network and build your social following, reach out to them so they can work on the items in Step Three and keep you involved with WEGO Health!