The Society hosts an array of events to promote social networking, career development, and educational growth for young health policy professionals in the D.C. area. These events include happy hours, networking opportunities with US health policy professionals, educational panels, and career development trainings. The Society also hosts regular community service events, including a monthly shift at Miriam’s Kitchen.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 25, 2017

MEMBERS ONLY // Public Speaking: How to Command a Room and a Conversation

Do you ever wonder how you can improve your presentations and networking activities? Through an interactive presentation, learn and practice tips and techniques to master the art of public speaking. When you follow these practices, not only will you be ready for your next big work presentation, you’ll also be able to translate these skills to pitching yourself and your ideas, engaging in more meaningful small group discussions, and answering questions off the cuff. This event is dedicated to helping young professionals gain confidence and basic tricks in any communications setting, at any career stage.

WHAT: Public Speaking: Learn How to Command a Room and a Conversation
Speaker: Frank Argenziano, JD
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
WHERE: Downtown DC (location will be sent to attendees after member confirmation)

About the Speaker

Frank Argenziano is employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Procurement Analyst, and has worked in the Federal contracting field for over 6 years. Frank has been a member of Old Town Toastmasters, a chapter of Toastmaster International located in Alexandria, VA, since 2014. Frank is an accomplished speaker who has competed in and won multiple speaking competitions, most recently taking 2nd place in the 2016 District 27 Humorous Speech Contest. In addition, Frank has served as President and Vice President of Membership for Old Town Toastmasters, and as a mentor to numerous aspiring public speakers. Frank received his JD from Villanova Law School in 2008, and his BA from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. 

Thursday October 26, 2017

October Community Service: Miriam's Kitchen

Hello members and friends,

On October 26, from 4pm-6pm, the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals will be lending a hand to Miram’s Kitchen! We hope to see you there!

What: Preparing meals and assisting with administrative duties. 

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 3:50pm-6:00pm

Where2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC20037

After RSVPing, please register! 

Registration & Volunteer information

1.Register yourself in the Miriam’svolunteer, enter the join code “shpyp” and proceed to finish the registration.

2. Please come dressed in closed-toe, comfortable shoes, long pants, t-shirt, and hat.

3. Please be prompt.  Dinner shifts run from 4:00PM to 6:30PM and it is very important to arrive 5-10 minutes early. The work begins promptly at 4:00.

4. When you arrive for your shift, please enter through our garage gate and walk down the ramp to the kitchen. The kitchen entrance is underneath the large sign that says “Ending Chronic Homelessness.” Please DO NOT go down the steps and enter through the dining room. 

Free drink tickets to our next happy hour event for the FIRST 5 RSVP’s!

Featured Past Events

Click on the categories below to learn more details about specific Society events!
Community ServiceNetworking OpportunitiesProfessional DevelopmentPolicy Panels
Community Service Event at Martha’s Table The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) hosted another successful community service event last week to benefit Martha’s Table (MT), a DC-based initiative to provide education, food, and opportunity for the economically disadvantaged in Washington, D.C. We had ten enthusiastic SHPYP members who came out to help prepare and package meals for deliveries later that day. Our volunteers proved to be skillful in the kitchen, performing a wide range of duties including peeling heaping piles of potatoes, applying a vinegar-based marinade to chicken, and fighting back their tears while dicing red onions. With guidance from the kind-hearted staff at Martha’s Table, we were diligent and efficient in tackling the morning’s tasks. After completing our shift, we were all proud to have participated in MT’s hugely successful “Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, and Healthy Connections” program. Our efforts helped support the organization’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty in DC, while simultaneously giving us a unique setting in which to bond as health policy wonks.
Successful Salary Negotiation Techniques and Mindsets (MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY) Think back to your last salary negotiation. What were your feelings around this conversation? Did you feel anxious, unprepared, or uneasy? Do you wish you could negotiate a higher starting salary or raise with more confidence? This is an opportunity to meet with Alison Cardy, a professional career direction coach, for a discussion workshop on how to improve your overall salary negotiation skills and get the compensation package that better fits your needs. During the workshop, Alison guided attendees through negotiation role plays in a comfortable and safe environment, taught 5 core negotiation concepts, and pulled back the curtain on what tends to make people feel uncomfortable or intimidated about asking for a more desirable employment package. WHO: 
  • Alison Cardy, Career Improvement Coach (Bio)
SHPYP Career Development Forum: An Interactive Discussion about Different Career Options in Health Policy (MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY) As young professionals in health policy, we often face many difficult career choices – including potentially deciding between different job opportunities, graduate school programs, and specific fields of focus. This panel served as an interactive forum with three senior health policy professionals from SHPYP’s advisory board, to help gain more experience and insight on these tough career decisions! Our advisory board members have a wide array of educational backgrounds and career paths, and answered questions about their different choices, experiences, lessons learned, and advice for members who may be facing similar decisions now. WHO:
  • Tim Dube, MPH, Associate Director, Federal and State Public Policy & Reimbursement, Genentech
  • Joy Kraybill, PhD, Deputy Director, Division of Plan Management, Federal Exchange Group, CCIIO, CMS, HHS
  • Michelle Proser, MPP, Director of Research, Public Policy & Research Division, National Association of Community Health Centers
King v. Burwell: What’s at Stake in the Next ACA Supreme Court Challenge? A key event from early 2014 was the panel discussion about the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. With the decision expected in June, the panelists discussed the legal and policy issues at stake, the potential outcomes and policy impacts of the landmark case, and their predictions for how Congress and the Administration may respond to the ruling. The panelists included:
  • Taylor Burke, J.D., L.L.M., Associate Professor of Health Policy and Law and Managing Director of the MPH in Health Policy, George Washington University
  • Sohini Gupta, J.D., Principal, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas
  • Margot Sanger-Katz, Health Care Correspondent, The Upshot, The New York Times

All Past Events

Thursday September 28, 2017


Please join us for this MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: A small-group dinner with a member of SHPYP’s advisory board as well as other peers. Join in the lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest. WHO: Tim Dube, a Senior Analyst within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and one of SHPYP’s advisory board members!  WHEN: Thursday, September 28 — Dinner will start at 6:30pm WHERE: In Washington, DC (easily accessible via the Metro)* *Once you register and we confirm your current standing as a member, you will be contacted with a confirmation of your attendance which will include the dinner location. If the event is full when you try to register, don’t fret! Please register anyway and you will be placed on a waiting list. We will have more events and advisory board dinner opportunities as well in the future, so stay tuned! If you are not currently a member but would like to take advantage of these great events, please visit our website to register today:

Saturday September 23, 2017

Food & Friends: Meal and Grocery Delivery

The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (Health Society) ​is partnering again with Food & Friends! ​We invite you to volunteer ​with us on September 23, 2017​, delivering meals to families in need. Food & Friends delivers to more than 5,300 square miles across Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. To reach all of these homes, the assistance of ​delivery volunteers​ is heavily relied upon.  WHO:  ​Members, friends, anyone can join! WHAT: Delivering meals to families in the DC-Maryland-VA metro area WHERE: ​Meet at 219 Riggs Road Northeast WHEN: Saturday, September 23, from 9:00am- 12:00pm (3 hours) DETAILS:  Volunteers must use their own vehicle, be at least 18 years old (or accompanied by someone 18 or older), and have a valid driver’s license. Food & Friends provide a detailed map with driving directions to complete the deliveries. Food & Friends only send their volunteers into neighborhoods that are safe, and they have very strict standards for what they consider to be safe. During deliveries, the meals need to remain in thermal bags with ice packs to keep cool. Each thermal bag costs , so Food & Friends ask that you return them with the ice packs at your earliest convenience! Light breakfast will be provided.  ——————————— About Foods & Friends Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Since our inception, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.

Thursday September 14, 2017

Health Society End-of-Recess Happy Hour

Recess is over. Labor Day has come and past. Summer is rolling into Fall. How can we welcome this new time of year while also coping with the busy times ahead? There’s no better treatment* than a Health Society happy hour! Come join the D.C. Society of Health Policy Young Professionals for an evening of fun on Capitol Hill. Let’s kick off the new season with as many friendly faces as possible. Let the networking begin! See you there. WHO: We welcome everyone and encourage you to bring friends and colleagues. (Members Only, if you do bring a first-timer to this happy hour, you will get a free drink ticket.) WHERE: Tortilla Coast | 400 First Street Southeast (Closest Metro: Capitol South) WHEN: Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 pm *This statement is not intended to provide a qualified health claim. However, the body of research surrounding one glass of red wine is substantive, and the literature favors your attendance at this event.

Thursday July 20, 2017

The Health Society's 11th Anniversary Celebration

Please join us as we celebrate a monumental milestone in our Society’s history! The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals invites you to its 11th anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 20. We will be joined by Kim Brandt, Chief Oversight Counsel, Senate Finance Committee, and Professor Jane Thorpe, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, GW Department of Health Policy, who will share their perspectives for building a successful career in health policy and advice for aspiring young professionals. Free drink tickets will be available for the first 50 attendees and appetizers will be served, so be sure to get there early! WHO: All members, friends, and colleagues! WHAT: SHPYP’s 11th Anniversary Celebration WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE: Buffalo Billiards, Adirondack Room, 1330 19th St NW (Nearest Metro: DuPont, South Exit) Keynote Speakers: Kim Brandt, Chief Oversight Counsel, Senate Finance Committee (Bio) Professor Jane Thorpe, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, GW Department of Health Policy (Bio)

Thursday June 8, 2017

Skip The Traditional Job Search: 5 Powerful Practices to Create Career Opportunities Anytime You Want

Are you ready to take control of your career? Learn 5 powerful practices that you can begin implementing today to position yourself for future career opportunities. When you follow these practices, not only will you be ready for the unexpected, you’ll actually be able to craft your career to fit who you are and what you most want in life (not to mention skipping the frustrations of a traditional job search!).  WHO: Alison Cardy, Career Coach (Bio)WHAT: Learn How to Create Career Opportunities Without a Traditional Job SearchWHEN: Thursday, June 8, 6:30pm-8pmWHERE: Downtown DC (location will be sent to attendees). Co-hosted by George Washington University Public Health Student Association.

Thursday May 18, 2017

Health Policy Trivia Night and Happy Hour

Help us kick-off DC’s Spring/Summer happy hour scene by testing your health policy knowledge and trivia skills! Bring your friends and colleagues, and join us for a night of trivia. We look forward to seeing you there! WHAT: Health Policy Trivia Night and Happy HourWHEN: Thursday May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 PMWHERE: Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G Street Northwest (Metro Center is nearest metro station)

Thursday April 20, 2017

Women's Access to Care and Coverage, Priorities in 2017 and Beyond

The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals is excited to present a panel discussion exploring the health issues and policies that shape women’s access to care and coverage throughout their lifespan. Our panel experts will discuss women’s reproductive health and rights as well as the major women’s health policy focus areas in 2017 and throughout the Trump administration.WHAT: Panel Discussion on Women’s Access to Care and Coverage, Priorities in 2017 and BeyondWHEN: Thursday April 20, 6:30 – 8:30 PMWHERE: The Advisory Board Company            2445 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037WHO: Panelists include:   Theresa Chalhoub: Health Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women and Families, providing the advocacy perspective on women’s health and rights. Jacquelyn Bolen: Professional Staff, House Committee on Energy & Commerce, focusing on the impacts of federal health care reform on women’s coverage and access to treatments and services. Laura Pence: Health Policy Advisor, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, discussing considerations for public health.

Saturday April 8, 2017

BINGO! New Community Service Event at a DC Nursing Home

We welcome you to join us this weekend for our April community service event! Details below: WHAT: Bingo at the Nursing HomeWHERE: Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Nursing Home, 5425 Western Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20015WHEN: Saturday, April 8, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Please arrive on time! About the Cause: The mission of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home is to provide extraordinary health and life care services to low and modest income seniors of the District of Columbia, empowering them to live their lives to the fullest. 

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Forget-Me-Not February Happy Hour

Join the D.C. Society of Health Policy Young Professionals for a quintessential happy hour event.  Have no fear, free drink tickets will be provided to the first fifty guests so arrive on time! We’ll be conveniently located in DuPont Circle, just across the street from the DuPont South metro station.  We hope to see some familiar faces and look forward to welcoming newcomers as well on February 28th!

Saturday February 18, 2017

Suited For Change

Help the non-profit organization, Suited For Change help low-income women lift themselves out of poverty with professional business clothing and office skills! When: 02/18/2017 (Sat.) Where: 1010 Vermont Avenue, NW What we will be doing: We will be working outdoors in front of our offices, helping collect donations and bringing them up to our offices. Dress for the weather! If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea at