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 December 5, 2019

Healthcare Value "Bootcamp" with Lynn Quincy

Healthcare, public health, and social services systems aim to help people live the healthiest lives possible. Too often, however, these systems operate independently of one another, failing to recognize people’s inter-related health and social needs. A patient-centered, high-value healthcare system is one that is integrated with public health and social sectors (like housing) to address health disparities, inconsistent clinical quality, and high prices, among other problems. 

Join the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals on Thursday, December 5 for a non-partisan, evidence-based discussion of promising strategies to make the healthcare system work better for the people it serves. 

In this “Healthcare Value 101” session, attendees will learn about the following topics:

  • The United States spends more money on healthcare than other developed countries, but has poorer health outcomes. What’s the deal? Why aren’t consumers getting better value for their healthcare dollar?
  • There are lots of ideas for improving healthcare value. What are they and how can we navigate them? And which ones work?
  • Many strategies to improve healthcare value are being tested within the states. Learn about states that are leading the way to a high value, patient-centered healthcare system and find out what your home state is doing to lower costs and improve quality for its residents.

*Light appetizers will be provided!*

WHO: All SHPYP members, friends and colleagues

WHAT: Discussion on Healthcare Value with Lynn Quincy, Director of the Healthcare Value Hub at Altarum

WHEN: Thursday, December 5th from 5:30-8:00 pm (the presentation will begin at 6:00 and last until approximately 7:00 pm)

WHERE: Holland & Knight’s lower level reception space and conference room (nearest metros: Farragut West and Farragut North)


Lynn Quincy is the Director of the Healthcare Value Hub, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded policy center that provides free, timely information about the policies and practices that support an equitable, affordable healthcare system centered around the goals and needs of the people it serves. Lynn is well-known in consumer advocacy circles and travels the nation teaching advocates, policymakers and other stakeholders about evidence-based strategies to improve healthcare quality and lower costs. Prior to joining Altarum, the home of the Healthcare Value Hub, Lynn held senior positions at Consumers Union (the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports), Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., the Institute for Health Policy Solutions and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson). She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Wednesday December 11, 2019

SHPYP's Annual Holiday Party

What better way to say hello to the holidays than by mingling with your favorite health policy friends?!

This year we’ll take over Penn Social for a holiday party to express our gratitude for the SHPYP community. Bring your holiday cheer, any friends or colleagues to share in the joy and we’ll bring the appetizers and ambiance.

Thank you for an incredible year of networking, learning and lifting each other up. We hope you’ll join us for our final blowout party of the year as we look forward to a new decade of health policy prose.

WHO: All SHPYP members, friends and colleagues

WHAT: Holiday Party!

WHEN: Wednesday, December 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm

WHERE: Penn Social, Street-Level Bar (Nearest metro: Metro Center; Chinatown)

Saturday December 14, 2019

Wreath Laying Holiday Service Event

SHPYP will be joining the National Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery to remember our fallen heroes.

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 November 14, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Advisory Board Dinner with Dr. Michelle Proser

SHPYP is excited to announce an exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY opportunity! WHAT: A small-group dinner* with a SHPYP Advisory Board member and 10 peers. Join us for a lively discussion of health policy, careers, and any other topics of interest.WHO: Dr. Michelle Proser, Director of Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Michelle’s bio can be found here. WHEN: Thursday, November 14 from 6:00-7:30 pm WHERE: To be Announced** *Note: food and drinks will NOT be provided by SHPYP. Attendees must 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, 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 host more advisory board dinners in the future! If you are not currently a member but would like to attend future Advisory Board dinners, visit our website to join today:

Wednesday November 6, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity: Speed Networking with StreetWise Partners

The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) is pleased to join StreetWise Partners for a Speed Networking volunteer event!

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. We will also have food catering available during the workshop.  WHO: All SHPYP members WHAT: Interactive professional wellness and development workshop with John Sawyer (Senior Advisor at Waxman Strategies and Leadership Coach) and Brad Traverse (Founder of Brad Traverse Jobs and former Government Relations Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee).  WHEN: Tuesday, October 29th from 6:00-7:30pm  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).

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!

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: