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

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.

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).

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 October 10, 2019

Health Policy Networking Happy Hour

Come join the Washington D.C. health policy community as we convene near Capitol Hill for what promises to be the premier networking event of the season! The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals, the Alliance for Health Policy, and the Association for Health Care Journalists invite our members, colleagues, and friends to join us for a night of networking and fun as we take over “DC’s longest bar” at Mission – Navy Yard.  As the intense focus on healthcare in Congress has been keeping many of us busy, we look forward to celebrating our months of hard work over cocktails and Tex-Mex. Appetizers will be provided in our private room (first come, first served) as well as a cash bar. We hope to see you there! WHO: All SHPYP members, AHCJ members, Hill and administration staff, colleagues, and friends. WHAT: Health Policy Happy Hour WHEN: Thursday, October 10th from 5:30-8:30 pm WHERE: Mission – Navy Yard, Cactus Room (Nearest metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark)

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Health Policy Trivia

There’s no better way to get back up to speed after August recess than by testing your knowledge with Health Policy Trivia!

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) ABOUT UWE REINHARDT AND PRICED OUT: “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 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: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/.

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: http://dchealthpolicy.org/join/.