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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

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

  • To develop SGIM members who will become 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 2021 is a year-long program (April 2021 - May 2022) focused on federal health policy knowledge and advocacy skills aligned with SGIM’s core missions.

This year, LEAHP will be run as a hybrid program. The majority of the work will be completed virtually and will include virtual attendance at the SGIM 2021 annual meeting (April 2021), monthly webinars/journal clubs, monthly meetings with individual mentors, two capstone projects, virtual or in-person local advocacy work, and a physical meeting at the SGIM 2022 annual meeting in Orlando, FL (April 2022).

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

LEAHP 2021 Is Now Accepting Applications

SGIM is now accepting applications for the Leadership in Health Policy Program for the 2021-2022 cadre.

Participants will be chosen via a competitive application process. The LEAHP fee for the 2021-2022 program is $1000 for SGIM members (plus registration and travel fees for two annual meetings).

Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on November 30, 2020.

Learn More About LEAHP



  • Journal Club - Online Twitter Chat: December 9, 2020 - 8pm ET
  • Mid-Year Check in call: December 18, 2020 - 3pm ET
  • Webinar: January 22, 2021 - 2:00pm ET - Research Policy & Advocacy
  • Journal Club: February 26, 2021, 2:00pm ET: 
  • Webinar: March 26, 2021 - 2:00pm ET - Medicaid and Building on the ACA

2021 SGIM Virtual Annual Meeting: April 20-23, 2021 - Virtual attendance required for LEAHP scholars