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

Thursday September 19, 2019

The Late Dr. Uwe Reinhardt's "Priced Out" Book Release

SHPYP and the Alliance for Health Policy invite you to celebrate the release of the late Dr. Uwe Reinhardt’s final book Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of Health Care, completed by his wife and longtime collaborator Tsung-Mei (May) Cheng. Dr. Cheng will discuss Dr. Reinhardt’s legacy and the book, followed by audience Q&A. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Dr. Cheng’s remarks will begin at 6:30 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat one-on-one with Dr. Cheng after the discussion. Appetizers will be served.  

SHPYP members will receive a FREE copy of Priced Out on a first come, first serve basis. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

WHO: SHPYP members, colleagues, and friends

WHAT: First-ever private book release celebration in partnership with the Alliance for Health Policy

WHEN: Thursday, September 19th from 6:00-8:00pm 

WHERE: Hawk ’n’ Dove – 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE (nearest metro: Capitol South on the orange, silver, and blue lines)


Uwe Reinhardt was a towering figure and moral conscience of health care policy in the United States and beyond. Famously bipartisan, he advised presidents and Congress on health reform and originated central features of the Affordable Care Act. In Priced Out, Reinhardt offers an engaging and enlightening account of today’s U.S. health care system, explaining why it costs so much more and delivers so much less than the systems of every other advanced country, why the situation is morally indefensible, and how we might improve it.” -Princeton University Press

A recorded discussion of Priced Out, hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, can be found here.

A Wall Street Journal article by Dr. Tsung Mei-Cheng, featuring Priced Out, can be found here

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Health Policy Trivia

Post-Recess Health Policy Trivia!

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

Tuesday September 10, 2019

Welcome Back Happy Hour at Mission DuPont

August recess is over and summer is rolling into fall. How can we welcome this time of year while bracing for the work ahead? There’s no better treatment* than a Health Society happy hour. The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals looks forward to kicking off the fall season with as many friendly faces as possible. Alert your friends, colleagues and fellow policy wonks for this public event and let the networking begin!  Appetizers will be served. WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleaguesWHAT: Welcome Back Happy HourWHEN: Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00-8:00 pmWHERE: Mission DuPont (1606 20th St. NW, Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle, Red Line) *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.

Friday August 16, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: SHPYP Night @ Nationals Stadium

The August recess has finally arrived and the Health Society is celebrating with food, fun, and baseball! Join us as we watch the Nats take on the Milwaukee Brewers. But first, we’ll meet for an optional happy hour at Scarlet Oak (909 New Jersey Avenue SE) from 6:00-7:00 pm.  Tickets for SHPYP’s reserved group seating are each. Each ticket includes an concession voucher for food or drinks and will be distributed one week prior to the event. Once you RSVP, a member of our team will reach out to coordinate payment via Venmo or Zelle.* Note: seats are located in the Scoreboard Pavillion 241 section.  Tickets are limited so reserve yours soon! We are excited to experience SHPYP’s first-ever Nationals game with you. WHO: SHPYP members WHAT: Nationals Baseball Game WHEN: Friday, August 16th (optional happy hour starts at 6:00 pm, game starts at 7:05 pm) WHERE: Nationals Stadium – 1500 S. Capitol St. SE (nearest metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark on the green line) *Refund policy: Refunds will be made available 7 days in advance, provided that another SHPYP member is available to take your spot. 

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 pmWHERE: 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:

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) ABOUT DAN: 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. 

Tuesday July 2, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Small Group Dinner on Social Determinants of Health

Did you know that some health insurance providers cover prescriptions for healthy foods and air conditioning units? Have you heard that the newest iteration of the ICD-11 medical diagnostic codes will include social factors such as “no transportation” or “residential exposure to environmental toxins”?  Due to the success of our inaugural event, SHPYP is excited to announce our second Affinity Group Dinner on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)! Affinity group dinners allow a small group of SHPYP members to discuss a topic and engage with others who share that interest. Members should sign up for this event if they A) are currently or have previously worked on topics related to SDOH, or B) have a genuine personal interest or innovative thoughts on how to address SDOH. Not an expert? Don’t worry, neither are we! How it works: 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. Think of it as an advisory board dinner without the advisory board member.  Note: food and drinks will NOT be provided by SHPYP. Attendees will pay for food and drinks on their own.   WHO: SHPYP members interested in the Social Determinants of Health WHAT: Small group dinner and discussion WHEN: Tuesday July, 2 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!

Thursday June 6, 2019

SHPYP Summer Happy Hour

Summer is almost here and there’s no better way to kick off the season than a happy hour with your favorite health policy crew! As always, we’ll provide the appetizers and drink tickets (first come, first serve!) – and we hope you’ll bring some colleagues and friends. WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleaguesWHAT: Summertime Kick-Off Happy HourWHEN: Thursday, June 6 from 6:00-8:00 pmWHERE: Hawthorne, 2nd Floor (1336 U St NW, Nearest Metro: U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station) We hope to see you there!

Tuesday May 28, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Advisory Board Dinner with Alan Morgan

SHPYP is excited to announce an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: A small-group dinner with a SHPYP Advisory Board member and 8 peers. Join us for a lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.WHO: Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Association; formerly worked for U.S. Congressman Dick Nichols and former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden (bio here). WHEN: Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30-8:00 pmWHERE: Dinner restaurant near the Farrugat North and McPherson Square metros**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:

Wednesday May 15, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity: Speed Networking with StreetWise Partners

The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) is pleased to join StreetWise Partners for a Speed Networking volunteer event! Join us as we help un- and under-employed people living in the DC area enhance their professional skillsets and improve the trajectories of their careers. WHO: All SHPYP members, colleagues and friends (Note: all those planning to attend must register separately so we have an accurate count) WHAT: Speed Networking volunteer opportunity with StreetWise Partners WHEN: Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm WHERE: 901 F Street NW, Washington, DC FAQs What is Streetwise Partners? StreetWise Partners pairs business professionals with mentees who are unemployed/underemployed in order to provide them with the skills, resources, and access to networks they need to secure and maintain employment. Since its inception in 1997, StreetWise Partners has transformed the lives of 6,000 job seekers. How do I get there? The above location is accessible via metro. We recommend using the 9th & G exit at the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop (accessible on the red line) and walking to the location (a 2-minute walk). Parking is anticipated to be limited at this time and traffic will be congested due to rush hour. Who should I contact with additional questions? Please contact Society of Health Policy Young Professionals Community Service Director Ariana Olshan at

Tuesday May 14, 2019

SHPYP Health Policy Trivia

Health policy trivia is back by popular demand! Join us on Tuesday, May 14 for our second trivia night of 2019. Start a team with 5-6 of your friends and colleagues, or join a group once you arrive. The team with the highest score wins a prize! As always, appetizers will be provided (first come, first served). Trivia starts at 6:30, but come a little earlier if you’d like to find a team or network. We hope to see you there! WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues WHAT: Health Policy Trivia WHEN: Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 pm (trivia begins at 6:30 pm) WHERE: Mackey’s Public House, Red Room (Nearest metros: Metro Center and McPherson Square)

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Not Just Another Drug Pricing and Value Panel

The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) invites you to join us for an off-the-record and non-partisan discussion on pharmaceutical policy, one of the areas in health care most likely to experience major changes in 2019. Across the policy and industry landscape, there are differences in opinion about the fundamental elements of pricing and value for prescription drugs in both government programs and the commercial sector. Join us for a conversation that will level-set and then dive deep into issues around pricing and value that have real-world impacts for patients, industry, and the government.  Our panel of seasoned health policy experts will unpack the debate and cover topics including: philosophical questions about value for distinct populations, the promise and challenges of paying for value, innovations in biosimilar products and gene therapy, and more. Doors open at 6:00 pm for networking prior to the discussion and light refreshments and snacks will be provided.  We hope to see you there! *This event is off the record and closed to media* WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues  WHAT: Moderated discussion covering drug pricing and value WHEN: Tuesday, April 30th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm WHERE: 800 17th St NW (nearest Farragut West metro on the orange, silver, and blue lines and Farragut North metro on the red line) Panelists: Josh Seidman, Managing Director, Avalere, focuses on patient engagement and information technology to guide  value-based care models. Sean Dickson, Director of Health Policy, West Health Policy Center, conducts research addressing the causes and drivers of drug spending. Andrea Noda, Director of Health Care, Arnold Ventures, offers deep expertise in Medicare and Medicaid prescription drug coverage. Jack Hoadley, Research Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University, conducts research on health financing topics, including Medicare and Medicaid, with a particular focus on prescription drug issues.