I first heard about it via a WEGO Health email that read:
Congratulations on your nomination in the Third Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards Program!
Before we all get excited, this is just a nomination and it is not an award I received, at least not yet.
Apparently, I have been nominated for two Health Activist Awards #HAAwards:
- Best in Show: Facebook
- Best Kept Secret
My Nominee Profile reads as follows:
An Obstetrician & Gynecologist board certified in Canada and USA. Alumnus of the American University of Beirut, MD 2009. A feminist and Womyn’s health advocate. Founding member and current president of the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health LebMASH. An advocate for better utilization of social media by healthcare providers, blogging at habdessamd.com, tweeting @habdessamad and communicating with patients on FB.com/drabdessamad. A human rights advocate for over a decade with a focus on LGBT and womyn’s rights and health in Lebanon. Founder of Raynbow, a support group that blogs at raynbow.info, tweets @LebLGBTmonitor and runs a media watch that highlights LGBT issues in Lebanon at FB.com/LebLGBTmonitor.
My profile will be shared with judging panels during the judging phase of the Health Activist Awards. Until then, WEGO Health allows community members to participate in the selection process by endorsing nominees. The 3 most endorsed nominees in each Award will automatically be finalists.
If you believe I deserve either or both awards, take a moment to endorse my nomination. Go to my profile and click the “Endorse Hasan Abdessamad” button:
You can endorse once per day. Endorsement numbers will be calculated on February 1st, 2014. The current number will be updated on the purple “Endorse” button.
Judging Panels comprised of health activists, industry leaders, and a few WEGO Health Staff will review all nominations, select finalists, and then review each of the finalists, scoring them on their social contributions, their fit for the award, and their engagement with their community. These scores are tallied across the judging panel and the winner is selected based on those scores. WEGO Health will notify the finalists in early February and the winners in March 2014.
Winners will be publically announced during mid-late March in a public and social ceremony.
If I win any or both awards, this would mark the first time for my activist work to ever be acknowledged by an award.