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

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 February 19, 2019

Health Policy Trivia: Valentine's Edition!

SHPYP is back with our first health policy trivia night of 2019! Grab your favorite health policy enthusiasts and join us for food, drinks, and policy fun! 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 — and Valentine’s treats will be provided to all.  Given the success of our past trivia events, we’ve upgraded to a larger room. 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, February 19th at 6:00PM (trivia begins at 6:30PM) WHERE: Mackey’s Public House, Red Room (Nearest metros: Metro Center and McPherson Square)

Thursday January 31, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Advisory Board Dinner with Murray Ross

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 for a lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.WHO: Murray Ross, Vice President and Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy; Former Policy Advisor to Congress, Executive Director of MedPAC, and CBO Chief. Bio here. WHEN: Thursday, January 31st at 6:30 pmWHERE: TBD, 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 take advantage of these great events, please visit our website to join today: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/.

Wednesday January 30, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Professional Development and Wellness Workshop

Too often in professional policy work, talented professionals are held back in their professional development by a culture that emphasizes sacrifice, hierarchy and “paying our dues” while de-prioritizing the personal wellness and professional growth of individuals. True professional and career development is about intentionally creating alignment between one’s professional path and his/her/their individual strengths, skills, values, goals and priorities. Specially customized for SHPYP members, this presentation by John Sawyer will provide practical strategies for approaching our work with greater balance, fulfillment and joy.  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: Wednesday, January 30th, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm WHERE: 1425 K St NW (nearest McPherson Square metro on the orange, silver, and blue lines) *In order to guarantee attendance, please RSVP by 5pm on January 28th 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).

Saturday December 15, 2018

SHPYP Holiday Service Event

The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals invites you to a holiday community service event! Please join us at Arlington National Cemetery as we lay wreaths to remember our fallen heroes with Wreaths Across America. You can learn about their story here. All members, family, friends, and colleagues are encouraged to attend.  WHO: All SHPYP members, family, friends, and colleaguesWHEN: Saturday, December 15 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pmWHERE: Arlington National Cemetery (we will meet right inside the Ord & Weitzel gates, which are a 15 minute walk from the Rosslyn metro station. To get there, walk south along North Meade Street). FAQs How do I get there? Arlington National Cemetery is accessible via metro. We recommend using the Rosslyn metro stop (accessible on the blue and orange metro lines) and walking to the meet up location, which is a short 15 minute walk. No personally owned vehicles will be allowed on the grounds during the event. What will happen once I arrive? We will meet at 8:30 inside the Arlington National Cemetary Ord & Weitzel gates. To prevent any security delays, we recommend limiting large bags and anything else that typically results in security issues. Gates open to the public at 8:00 am. Who should I contact with additional questions? Please contact Society of Health Policy Young Professionals Community Service Director Ariana Olshan at arianaolshan@gmail.com.

Tuesday December 11, 2018

SHPYP Holiday Party!

December is cold in Washington, so SHPYP is warming up by celebrating the holidays southwestern style at Mission DuPont! Join us as we say goodbye to another event-filled year in the world of health policy and look forward to the next. There will be plenty of appetizers and drink tickets to go around (first come, first served). As always, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend. Given the high turnout at our last event, we have upgraded to the larger, private loft on the second floor.  We hope to see you there! WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleaguesWHAT: Holiday party! WHEN: Tuesday, December 11th from 6:00pm-8:30pmWHERE: Mission – Dupont, 2nd floor loft (nearest metro: Dupont Circle on the red line)

Sunday November 18, 2018

SHPYP & GW's DO Chapter Present: A Thanksgiving Community Service Event

The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) and The George Washington University’s Delta Omega Chapter are excited to announce a Thanksgiving community service event! Please join us at Mary’s Center as we give back by assembling Thanksgiving meal bags for local families in need. All (members, friends, and colleagues) are encouraged to attend.  Answers to frequenty asked questions can be found below.  WHO: All SHPYP and Delta Omega members, friends, and colleaguesWHEN: Sunday, November 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 pmWHERE: Mary’s Center in Adam’s Morgan – 2333 Ontario Road NW, Washington, DC 20009 FAQs What is Mary’s Center? Mary’s Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care (including dental care), family literacy, and social services to 24,000 individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Mary’s Center is metro accessible – a 17 minute walk from Columbia Heights Metro Station or a 21 minute walk from the Woodley Park Zoo – Adams Morgan Metro Station. Who should I contact with additional questions? Please contact Society of Health Policy Young Professionals Community Service Director Ariana Olshan at arianaolshan@gmail.com.

Thursday November 15, 2018

State of Health Policy in Light of the 2018 Midterm Elections

The 2018 midterm elections are fast approaching and are poised to have significant health policy implications. The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) invites you to join us for a midterms recap and discussion about what you can expect moving forward in health policy. Featuring a diverse lineup of health policy experts – including Chris Jennings, Rachana Pradhan, Rodney Whitlock, and Hemi Tewarson – this panel will review election results and shed light on the anticipated health policy agenda for the next two years. You won’t want to miss these important insider perspectives!  *In order to guarantee attendance, please RSVP by 5pm on November 13th and we will add you to the security list. We have a limited capacity so don’t wait, register now!* *This event is off the record, closed to media* WHO: All SHPYP members, friends and colleagues WHAT: Interactive panel discussion on the 2018 midterm election results  WHEN: Thursday, November 15th, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm WHERE: 1425 K St NW (nearest McPherson Square metro on the orange, silver, and blue lines) Panelists: Hemi Tewarson, Health Division Director, National Governors Association Chris Jennings, Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies Inc.  Rachana Pradhan, Health Care Reporter, Politico Pro Rodney Whitlock, Vice President of Health Policy, ML Strategies

Tuesday October 23, 2018

SHPYP Health Policy Trivia: Halloween Edition!

Health policy trivia is back by popular demand!  Come celebrate Halloween early this October with your favorite policy nerds at health policy trivia! 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.  Costumes, especially those that are health policy-themed, are encouraged (but not required)!  WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues WHAT: Health policy trivia  WHEN: Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30PM WHERE: Mackey’s Public House, Library Room (Nearest metro: Metro Center) We hope to see you there! 

Thursday October 18, 2018

SHPYP Professional Networking Happy Hour

Networking can be intimidating, but with some practice, it can be easy to socialize in a professional setting. SHPYP is pleased to present a formal networking happy hour to help you to connect with fellow SHPYP members through interactive exercises. There will also be unstructured networking at the end of the event for attendees to continue conversations begun during the activities. We’ll provide the appetizers and drink tickets (first come, first serve), and hope you’ll bring some colleagues and friends. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!  WHO: All SHPYP members, friends, and colleagues WHAT: Formal networking happy hour WHEN: Thursday, October 18 from 6:00pm-8:30pm WHERE: Hawthorne, second floor (nearest metro: U Street on the yellow and green lines) We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday October 9, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY: Advisory Board Dinner with Joy Kraybill

Please join us for an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY event!  WHAT: A small-group dinner with a SHPYP Advisory Board member and 8 peers. Join for a lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest. This dinner will include a special theme: civil service in the current administration.  WHO: Joy Kraybill, Deputy Director, Marketplace Eligibility & Enrollment Group, Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, US Department of Health & Human Services  WHEN: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 6:30pm WHERE: TBD, Dupont Circle neighborhood*  *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, you will be placed on the waiting list. In the event of a cancelation, waiting 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 take advantage of these great events, please visit our website to register today: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/. ABOUT JOY KRAYBILL Joy Kraybill’s career has spanned both health program operations and health policy research. Whether through operations or research, her career goal is to contribute to the improvement of publicly-supported health programs. Since 2012, Joy has worked directly on the implementation of the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). At CCIIO, Joy initially built the team that oversees health plan issuers in the FFM, and she designed and implemented the program which trains and registers health insurance agents to sell plans on the FFM. She now serves as the Deputy Group Director for the CCIIO component that provides Marketplace consumers with eligibility determinations and enrolls them in FFM coverage. This group is responsible for an annual operating budget of over 0 million dollars, and the group’s work directly touches millions of consumers each year. Prior to joining CCIIO, Joy spent 1.5 years supporting CMS’ Medicaid Integrity Group (MIG).From 2009-2010, Joy led the Program Integrity Division for the DC Medicaid program. At DC Medicaid, she supervised all on going fraud investigations, established performance goals for the division, and ensured those goals were met.Previously, Joy spent 9 years at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she led teams in the development of Congressional reports and testimonies that focused on curbing fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. Joy initially launched her career as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Joy earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy at The George Washington University. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University. In addition, Joy serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and she enjoys mentoring young professionals.