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 March 21, 2019

SHPYP Capitol Hill Happy Hour

The intense focus on healthcare in Congress has been keeping many of us busy, especially our friends who work on the Hill. To celebrate their hard work, SHPYP is hosting a happy hour near the Hill to make it easier for staffers to attend. 

Everyone is welcome -- including all Hill staff, SHPYP members, colleagues and friends. Appetizers and drink tickets will be provided (first come, first served). We hope to see you there!

WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues (especially Hill staff)

WHAT: Capitol Hill Happy Hour

WHEN: Thursday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00 pm

WHERE: Mission - Navy Yard, Cactus Room (Nearest metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark)

Wednesday March 27, 2019

NEW MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY: SHPYP Affinity Group Dinner on Medicaid

As part of our commitment to providing our members new and valuable programming, SHPYP is excited to announce our newest members-only offering -- Affinity Group Dinners! Affinity group dinners allow a small group of SHPYP members to discuss a topic of interest, and provide an opportunity for members to meet others who share that interest.

The topic of the first affinity group dinner will be Medicaid! Members should sign up for this event if they A) are currently or have previously worked on topics related to Medicaid, or B) have a genuine personal interest in Medicaid.

How does this new kind of event work?

  1. The first 10 SHPYP members to sign up will receive a seat at the group dinner, and will be sent an email notifying them of the location (Note: food and drinks will NOT be provided.)

  2. short and optional article will be distributed before the dinner to stimulate discussion. That said, this is a casual gathering intended, primarily, to help members connect with others who share their interests. Think of it as an advisory board dinner without the advisory board member!

SHPYP Programming and Professional Development Director Michael Turchetti will be facilitating this discussion, so reach out to him at if you have any questions or concerns.

WHO: All SHPYP members interested in Medicaid

WHAT: Dinner and discussion

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th from 6PM-8PM

WHERE: TBD (a private email disclosing the location will be sent to the first 10 members who register)

We hope to see you there!

Thursday April 4, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Professional Development Series with John Sawyer, Part 2

Too much of our day-to-day work life is reactive – to daily circumstances and events; to organizational priorities; to our own (real or perceived) limitations in terms of time, money, energy, expertise, etc. With the right intention, however, we can bring clarity to our goals and let them guide our actions along the professional path. In this session, John Sawyer will do a deep dive on career goals – how to set them, how to plan your path around them, and what to do when you meet them!

WHO: All SHPYP members

WHAT: Interactive professional wellness and development workshop with John Sawyer, founder of JTS Policy and Strategy, leadership coach, and former Director of Federal Affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers

WHEN: Thursday, April 4th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm 

WHERE: TBA - Washington, DC metro area (members will receive email with location details)

*In order to guarantee attendance, please RSVP by 5pm on April 3rd and we will add you to the security list. We have a limited capacity so don't wait, register now!*

About John:

John Sawyer is the Founder and Lead Coach at Open Way Coaching (OWC). He works with policy and advocacy professionals to envision and create career paths that align with each individual’s values, strengths, and goals. Prior to founding OWC, John worked in health care policy at both the federal and local level, including as an aide to two Members of Congress. Most recently, he spent nearly ten years as Director of Federal Affairs for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).