Events

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

Saturday September 29, 2018

Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Calling all SHPYPers! 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! 

WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues
WHAT:
Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
WHEN: 
Saturday, September 29 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 . Register or donate here! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please RSVP through BOTH the registration/donation link 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! 

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 13, 2018

SHPYP Health Policy Happy Hour

August Recess is officially over and things in Washington are heating up as midterms approach! Please join the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals in celebrating the end of summer at our next happy hour on Thursday, September 13. We’ll provide the appetizers and drink tickets (first come, first serve!) – and hope you’ll bring some friends! WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleaguesWHAT: End-of-Recess Happy HourWHEN: Thursday, September 13 from 6:30pm-8:30pmWHERE: Mission Dupont (nearest DuPont Circle metro) We hope to see you there!

Tuesday July 17, 2018

The Health Society's 12th Anniversary Party

Join us in celebrating the Health Society’s 12th anniversary at one of our largest events of the year. We will be joined by keynote speakers Lauren Aronson, Principal and Dean Rosen, Partner of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas (MCRT). Lauren and Dean will share insights on building a successful career in health policy and advice for aspiring young professionals. As a bipartisan team working together at MCRT, they will also share perspective on how policymaking can work regardless of politics.  Be sure to arrive early. Appetizers will be served and free drink tickets will be provided to the first 50 attendees.  *Candidates running for the 2018-2020 executive board will be announced at this event* WHO: All members, friends, and colleagues WHAT: SHPYP’s 12th Anniversary Celebration WHEN: Tuesday, July 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE: Mackey’s Public House, Red Room, 1306 G St. NW (Nearest Metro: Metro Center) Keynote Speakers: Lauren Aronson, Principal, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas (Bio) Dean Rosen, Partner, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas (Bio)

Thursday June 14, 2018

Health Society Board Elections: Meet & Greet Happy Hour

Interested in a leadership role with the Health Society but want to find out more about elected positions and experience as part of the executive board?  Come out to our Executive Board Meet & Greet happy hour on Thursday, June 14 at Drafting Table! Meet the current board members, learn about the elections process and ask any questions you may have over a drink. We’re looking forward to meeting you! WHAT: Elections: Meet & Greet Happy Hour WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm WHERE: Drafting Table, 1529 14th Street NW

Wednesday June 6, 2018

Advisory Board Dinner with Joel White – MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY

Please join us for an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: A small-group dinner with a member of SHPYP’s Advisory Board and other peers. Join in the lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.WHO: Joel White, President, Horizon Government Affairs; President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage; Executive Director, Health IT Now Coalition. Former professional staff, Committee on Ways and Means. Bio here. WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pmWHERE: In 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, please register to be placed on the waiting list. If there are any cancellations, we will open the event to members on the waitlist. 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: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/.

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Future of Medicare Advantage: Access, Quality, and Costs

Medicare Advantage (MA), the private alternative to traditional Medicare, is growing rapidly with implications for access to care, quality of care, and financial sustainability of the overall Medicare program. MA plans have played an increasingly larger role in the Medicare program as the share of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MA has steadily climbed over the last decade. As of 2017, one in three people with Medicare (33% or 19 million beneficiaries) is enrolled in a MA plan. By 2028, the Congressional Budget Office predicts the federal government will spend 4 billion annually on Medicare Advantage.  To help you understand what this means for Medicare beneficiaries, taxpayers, and the overall Medicare program, the DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) will host a panel discussion on what to expect for the future of Medicare Advantage in 2018 and beyond on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on these unique insider perspectives!  *This is a private event, off the record, and closed to media* WHO: All SHPYP members, friends and colleagues welcome! WHAT: Interactive panel discussion on the future of Medicare Advantage  WHEN: May 23, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE: Holland and Knight LLP, 800 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006 SPEAKERS:  Ipsita Smolinski, Managing Director, Capitol Street Judith Stein, Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy Sarah Schmidt, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, Aetna Additional panelists to be announced prior to the event.

Wednesday May 16, 2018

SHPYP Community Service Event with Streetwise Partners

Join our group of SHPYP volunteers to work with Streetwise Partners on their “Speed Networking Day” to provide feedback and assist trainees. Streetwise Partners’ mission is to transform the lives of disadvantaged, low-income individuals in DC by helping them realize their career potential.  WHAT: Our role will be to work one-on-one with the trainees, conducting mock job interviews and providing feedback to help prepare them for future job opportunities. WHEN: Wednesday May 16, arrive by 6:20pm, event runs from 6:30 – 8pm WHERE: Gallup, 901 F Street (entrance is on 9th street). Nearest metro is Gallery Place and Metro Center.

Thursday April 26, 2018

Advisory Board Dinner with Miranda Franco – MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY

Please join us for an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: A small-group dinner with a member of SHPYP’s advisory board and other peers. Join in the lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.WHO: Miranda A. Franco, Senior Policy Advisor at Holland & Knight. Bio here. WHEN: Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pmWHERE: In 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, please register to be placed on the waiting list. If there are any cancellations, we will open the event to members on the waitlist. 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: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/.

Tuesday March 27, 2018

Health Policy Trivia and Happy Hour

It’s been a long couple of months filled with tons of health policy topics to discuss. Join the Health Society for another trivia night to test your skills and learn a thing or two. Bring your friends and colleagues to make it interesting. We look forward to seeing you there! WHAT: Interactive trivia in teams of 5-6 people. WHEN: Tuesday March 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 PMWHERE: Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G Street Northwest (Nearest station: Metro Center) *Refreshments will be provided*

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Advisory Board Dinner with Ipsita Smolinski – MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY

Please join us for an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: A small-group dinner with a member of SHPYP’s advisory board and other peers. Join in the lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.WHO: Ipsita Smolinski, MPH, MBA, Managing Director at Capitol Street (bio) See her online column at Morning Consult. WHEN: Wednesday, March 7; dinner will start at 6:30pmWHERE: In 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, please register to be placed on the waiting list. If there are any cancellations, we will open the event to members on the waitlist. 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: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/.Contact Ariana (arianaolshan@gmail.com) with any questions!

Tuesday February 20, 2018

What's Next for Medicaid in 2018

Federal and state lawmakers are exploring a number of policy options affecting Medicaid in 2018. To help you understand these ongoing debates, the DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) is partnering with the University of Virginia Batten Alumni Advisory Board (BAAB) to bring you a panel discussion on what to expect for Medicaid in 2018.  Expert panelists from the UVA Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the DC health policy community will briefly outline the basic structure of the federal-state Medicaid program, and then focus on the key challenges facing Medicaid in 2018, with an eye to the federal and state-led reform efforts on the horizon. The SHPYP/BAAB Medicaid panel will take place on the evening of February 20, 2018. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on these unique insider perspectives!  *This event is off the record, closed to media* WHO: All SHPYP members, friends and colleagues welcome! WHAT: Interactive panel discussion on the future of Medicaid WHEN: February 20th at 6:30pm WHERE: Holland and Knight LLP Panelists: Anna Bonelli, Senior Policy Advisor (Detailee) at U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and Senior Analyst at Government Accountability Office Dr. Michael D. Williams, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Virginia John Knapp, Director of Federal Affairs, Children’s Hospital Association