Connecting young health care policy professionals with industry experts, like-minded individuals, and the Washington, DC health policy community.

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Why Join?

The Society provides an opportunity to:

  • Expand your professional network
  • Gain access to senior policy experts through a diverse array of events
  • Advance your career in health policy through professional development workshops
To become a member, click here.

Upcoming Events

Thursday July 18, 2019

The Health Society's 13th Anniversary Party

The Health Society invites YOU to our most popular event of the year -- our 13th anniversary party! 

With new health society members and expanded membership offerings, our community continues to grow in both diversity and experience.

In the past six months alone, we’ve hosted 13 events, including: networking happy hours, small group dinners, policy panels (with acclaimed speakers like Rachana Pradhan), a new professional development workshop series featuring John Sawyer, and our signature health policy trivia.

This year, we're celebrating in classic D.C. fashion at The Hamilton Loft Bar. Hors d'oeuvres are on us and Dan Mendelson -- founder/former CEO of Avalere Health and former Associate Director for Health at the Office of Management and Budget -- will share insights on building a successful career in health policy. This is an event you won't want to miss!

WHO: All members, friends, and colleagues

WHAT: SHPYP's 13th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 6:00pm-9:00pm

WHERE: The Hamilton, Loft Room, 600 14th St. NW (Nearest Metro: Metro Center and McPherson Square Metro)


Dan Mendelson is Founder and former CEO of Avalere Health, a vibrant community of innovative thinkers dedicated to solving the challenges of the healthcare system. He is also Operating Partner at Welsh Carson, a private equity firm focused on healthcare and technology. Prior to founding Avalere in 2000, Dan served as Associate Director for Health at the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton White House, where he was responsible for the full healthcare portfolio including Medicare, Medicaid, NIH, CDC, and FDA.  

Dan presently serves on the boards of Champions Oncology (CSBR), Centrexion Corporation, and Audacious Inquiry. He is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and a founding member of Guidon Partners, an investment management group. Dan also serves on advisory boards for Faster Cures and the Alliance for Health Policy. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare (CVTY, sold to Aetna in 2013), PharMerica (PMC, sold to KKR in 2017) and HMS holdings (HMSY).

Dan has published widely in peer-reviewed and professional journals on health information technology, the costs of disease, hospital costs and operations, physician payment, the economics of managed care, medical malpractice, and a range of other topics. He holds a BA from Oberlin College (1986), and an MPP from the Kennedy School at Harvard University (1990).

Thank you to Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas for their generous sponsorship of this event. 


Wednesday July 24, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Advisory Board Dinner with Tim Dube

SHPYP is excited to announce an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! 

WHAT: A small-group dinner* with a SHPYP Advisory Board member and peers. Join us for a lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.

WHO: Tim Dube, Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA); formerly worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Genentech. Tim's bio can be found here.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24th at 6:00-7:30 pm

WHERE: Near the Eastern Market metro**

*Note: food and drinks will NOT be provided by SHPYP. Attendees will pay for food and drinks on their own.

**Once you register and we confirm your membership status, you will receive a confirmation email disclosing the dinner location. If the event is full when you try to register, we encourage you to add your name to the wait list. In the event of a cancelation, wait list members will be invited on a first come, first serve basis. Slots fill QUICKLY, but don't worry if the event is full. We will have more events and advisory board dinners in the future. Stay tuned!

If you are not currently a member but would like to attend these events in the future, please visit our website to join today:

Saturday September 21, 2019

Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer with SHPYP!

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals is showing our support by organizing a team to participate in St. Jude Children's Hospital's Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Please join us as we spend a beautiful morning outdoors and get some exercise in support of a great cause. Participants can choose to walk or run, and we encourage you to bring anyone (and everyone) who would like to attend! Those who are unavailable to attend but are interested in donating may do so through the link provided below.

WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues
Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
Saturday, September 21 at 9:30am (registration begins at 8:00am; our group will gather at a designated meeting point around 8:30am)
WHERE: Nationals Park - 1500 S Capitol St. SE (nearest metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark on the green line)

Participation in this event costs $10. Register or donate here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please RSVP through BOTH the registration/donation link above AND this Eventbrite invitation to ensure that we have an accurate count of those attending. 

We will provide meet-up information directly to everyone who RSVPs. Depending on the mood of the volunteers, we may also do an optional, impromptu gathering afterwards! We hope to see you there.