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Apply Now"The LEAHP program for me has provided a foundation for learning about health policy and an avenue towards pursuing advocacy on a larger scale. Additionally, it has given me the opportunity to network with physicians across the country who possess a wide range of skills and interests, with a common goal of improving our healthcare system."

- Lamar K. Johnson, MD, 2020 LEAHP Scholar

SGIM's Leadership in Health Policy Program (LEAHP) aims to accomplish the following:

  • To develop SGIM members who are effective and active health policy advocates and local health policy experts, leaders, and teachers;
  • To offer health policy career development resources and opportunities to all SGIM members; and
  • To develop an expanding, national cadre of Health Policy Committee (HPC) members and broaden engagement in the Society’s health policy efforts. 

​The LEAHP program is one of the first national health policy career development programs of its kind. As part of a larger effort to expand career development opportunities for SGIM members, LEAHP 2022 is a year-long program (April 2022 - May 2023) focused on federal health policy knowledge and advocacy skills aligned with SGIM’s core missions.

The 2022-2023 LEAHP program will be a hybrid program. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in monthly conference calls (webinars and journal clubs) and will be expected to attend several sessions during the time of the SGIM 2022 Annual Meeting (currently scheduled to be held in person, April 6-9, 2022, in Orlando, FL). Successful applicants will also be expected to attend the SGIM 2023 Annual Meeting (May 10-13, 2023 in Aurora, CO), one local advocacy experience (time and place of participant’s choosing), and to participate in independent, group and online study during the year between meetings. Members of the LEAHP cohort will complete two capstone projects during the year (i.e. articles, white papers, curriculum development, workshop, etc.) in collaboration with an assigned mentor and/or other LEAHP scholars.

LEAHP's learning objectives include:

  • Knowing the key structures and functions of the US health care system;
  • Understanding the key players and processes in the federal health policy-making; 
  • Ability to critically evaluate healthcare delivery and economic models and to propose needed changes and/or additions;
  • Ability to explain the impact of health care reform on the practice of medicine, education, and research; and
  • Ability to advocate effectively advocacy with policy-makers.i

View Past LEAHP Capstone Projects

Contact Francine Jetton, Director of Communications & Publications, at jettonf@sgim.org