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

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 

Thursday February 16, 2017

Advisory Board Dinner with Alan Morgan- MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY

Please join us for our first advisory board dinner of the year, an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! RSVP: 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: Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health AssociationWHEN: Thursday Feb 16, 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, 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: Bryant ( or Stuart Portman ( with any questions!

Monday January 30, 2017

SHPYP/AcademyHealth Happy Hour

Please join the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals for our first happy hour event of the year, co-hosted with AcademyHealth, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the healthservices research and health policy fields. This great networking opportunity will take place on Monday, January 30. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday January 26, 2017

Post-Election 2016: Implications for Health Policy in 2017 & Beyond

The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals is excited to present a panel discussion exploring the implications of the 2016 election for the future of the broader health policy landscape. Shortly after the beginning of the new Trump Administration and the 115th Congress, the panelists will discuss what we expect to see in health policy for the upcoming year, focusing on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurance markets, and other public health initiatives. What: Post-Election 2016 Panel: Implications for Health Policy in 2017 & Beyond            Co-hosted by George Washington University Public Health Student Association and Health Policy Student                Association  When: January 26, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Where: The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health               950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Room B100B               Washington, DC 20052 Panelists:  Joel White: President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage, focusing on the politics of developing and advancing ACA repeal and replace.  John Michael O’Brien: Vice President for Public Policy, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, focusing on the impacts of federal health care reform on insurance coverage, costs, and access.  John Sawyer, Director of Federal Affairs, National Association of Community Health Centers, focusing on the impacts of federal health care reform on low-income and medically vulnerable communities and the providers that serve them.