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 October 17, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Small Group Dinner on Public Health

Do you work or have an interest in the field of Public Health? Join SHPYP for a small group dinner to discuss Public Health topics and mingle with members who share your interests!

WHO: SHPYP members interested in Public Health. Members should sign up for this event if they A) work or have worked on topics related to Public Health, or B) have a genuine personal interest or innovative thoughts on how to improve Public Health. Not an expert? Don’t worry, neither are we!

WHAT: Small group dinner and discussion. 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. Representatives from SHPYP will kick the dinner off with a few hot topics and then let the group take it from there.

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

WHEN: Thursday, October, 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm

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

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday October 29, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Professional Development Series with John Sawyer

Networking is one of the most important (and most misunderstood) elements of building the professional path you want. In this workshop, we'll look at: 

  • common networking myths and misperceptions;

  • how to create a networking plan that fits your needs, strengths, and personality;

  • making networking more effective by making it less transactional;

  • how to approach a networking conversation; and

  • the keys to successfully engaging your network on your career path.

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: Tuesday, October 29th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm 

WHERE: 1150 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800 (Nearest metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle on the red line or Farragut West on the orange, blue or silver lines)

Note: You do not need to have joined previous workshops in the series to attend.


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).