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

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


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

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

Monday February 5, 2018

Health Society & AcademyHealth Happy Hour

Please join the Health Society 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. Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! WHAT: Networking with your favorite health policy wonksWHEN: Monday, February 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 pmWHERE: High Velocity Sports Bar at Marriott Marquis, Lobby Level               901 Massachusetts Ave. NW             

Tuesday January 30, 2018

Advisory Board Dinner with Murray Ross – MEMBERS ONLY OPPORTUNITY

Please join us for our first advisory board dinner of the year, an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: 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: Murray N. Ross, PhD; Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy WHEN: Tuesday Jan 30, 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: Rebecca ( with any questions!

Monday December 18, 2017

2017 SHPYP Holiday Happy Hour

Join the D.C. Society of Health Policy Young Professionals for one last happy hour this year! It’s no doubt that 2017 has been a wild ride and we all deserve some time to reflect and relax with old friends and new. WHAT: A chance to mingle with your favorite health policy nerds before the holidays! WHERE: The Front Page, 1333 new Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036. (Entrance across from Dupont Metro station on 19th street.) WHEN: Monday, December 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, the happiest hours. Whether you want to talk health policy prospects in 2018 or family holiday traditions, we look forward to seeing you on December 18th at Front Page! First 30 attendees will receive a free drink ticket! *There is no cost to this event, although you may be asked to share a photo of your best holiday sweater.

Wednesday November 29, 2017

SHPYP Community Service Event with Streetwise Partners

Join our group of SHPYP volunteers to work with Streetwise Partners on their “Mock Interview 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 November 29, arrive by 6:30pm WHERE: Gallup, 901 F Street (entrance is on 9th street). Nearest metro is Gallery Place and Metro Center.

Thursday November 16, 2017

Health Policy Trivia and Happy Hour

It’s been a long year filled with tons of health policy knowledge to discuss. Join SHPYP 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: Health Policy Trivia Night and Happy HourWHEN: Thursday November 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 PMWHERE: Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G Street Northwest (Nearest station: Metro Center)

Thursday October 26, 2017

October Community Service: Miriam's Kitchen

Hello members and friends, On October 26, from 4pm-6pm, the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals will be lending a hand to Miram’s Kitchen! We hope to see you there! What: Preparing meals and assisting with administrative duties.  When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 3:50pm-6:00pm Where: 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037 After RSVPing, please register!  Registration & Volunteer information 1.Register yourself in the Miriam’svolunteer, enter the join code “shpyp” and proceed to finish the registration. 2. Please come dressed in closed-toe, comfortable shoes, long pants, t-shirt, and hat. 3. Please be prompt.  Dinner shifts run from 4:00PM to 6:30PM and it is very important to arrive 5-10 minutes early. The work begins promptly at 4:00. 4. When you arrive for your shift, please enter through our garage gate and walk down the ramp to the kitchen. The kitchen entrance is underneath the large sign that says “Ending Chronic Homelessness.” Please DO NOT go down the steps and enter through the dining room.  Free drink tickets to our next happy hour event for the FIRST 5 RSVP’s!

Wednesday October 25, 2017

MEMBERS ONLY // Public Speaking: How to Command a Room and a Conversation

Do you ever wonder how you can improve your presentations and networking activities? Through an interactive presentation, learn and practice tips and techniques to master the art of public speaking. When you follow these practices, not only will you be ready for your next big work presentation, you’ll also be able to translate these skills to pitching yourself and your ideas, engaging in more meaningful small group discussions, and answering questions off the cuff. This event is dedicated to helping young professionals gain confidence and basic tricks in any communications setting, at any career stage. WHAT: Public Speaking: Learn How to Command a Room and a ConversationSpeaker: Frank Argenziano, JDWHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm-8:30pmWHERE: Downtown DC (location will be sent to attendees after member confirmation) About the Speaker Frank Argenziano is employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Procurement Analyst, and has worked in the Federal contracting field for over 6 years. Frank has been a member of Old Town Toastmasters, a chapter of Toastmaster International located in Alexandria, VA, since 2014. Frank is an accomplished speaker who has competed in and won multiple speaking competitions, most recently taking 2nd place in the 2016 District 27 Humorous Speech Contest. In addition, Frank has served as President and Vice President of Membership for Old Town Toastmasters, and as a mentor to numerous aspiring public speakers. Frank received his JD from Villanova Law School in 2008, and his BA from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. 

Thursday September 28, 2017


Please join us for this MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: 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: Tim Dube, a Senior Analyst within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and one of SHPYP’s advisory board members!  WHEN: Thursday, September 28 — Dinner will start at 6:30pm WHERE: In Washington, 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:

Saturday September 23, 2017

Food & Friends: Meal and Grocery Delivery

The DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (Health Society) ​is partnering again with Food & Friends! ​We invite you to volunteer ​with us on September 23, 2017​, delivering meals to families in need. Food & Friends delivers to more than 5,300 square miles across Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. To reach all of these homes, the assistance of ​delivery volunteers​ is heavily relied upon.  WHO:  ​Members, friends, anyone can join! WHAT: Delivering meals to families in the DC-Maryland-VA metro area WHERE: ​Meet at 219 Riggs Road Northeast WHEN: Saturday, September 23, from 9:00am- 12:00pm (3 hours) DETAILS:  Volunteers must use their own vehicle, be at least 18 years old (or accompanied by someone 18 or older), and have a valid driver’s license. Food & Friends provide a detailed map with driving directions to complete the deliveries. Food & Friends only send their volunteers into neighborhoods that are safe, and they have very strict standards for what they consider to be safe. During deliveries, the meals need to remain in thermal bags with ice packs to keep cool. Each thermal bag costs , so Food & Friends ask that you return them with the ice packs at your earliest convenience! Light breakfast will be provided.  ——————————— About Foods & Friends Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Since our inception, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.

Thursday September 14, 2017

Health Society End-of-Recess Happy Hour

Recess is over. Labor Day has come and past. Summer is rolling into Fall. How can we welcome this new time of year while also coping with the busy times ahead? There’s no better treatment* than a Health Society happy hour! Come join the D.C. Society of Health Policy Young Professionals for an evening of fun on Capitol Hill. Let’s kick off the new season with as many friendly faces as possible. Let the networking begin! See you there. WHO: We welcome everyone and encourage you to bring friends and colleagues. (Members Only, if you do bring a first-timer to this happy hour, you will get a free drink ticket.) WHERE: Tortilla Coast | 400 First Street Southeast (Closest Metro: Capitol South) WHEN: Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 pm *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.