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 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 colleagues
WHEN: Saturday, December 15 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: 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).


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

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 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

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: 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.

Saturday September 29, 2018

Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

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 and Delta Omega members, friends, and colleaguesWHAT: Walk/Run to End Childhood CancerWHEN: 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! 

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