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LEAHP Curriculum Overview

Co-led by current and past HPC Chairs (Tom Staiger and Mark Schwartz), LEAHP program faculty are drawn from current and past HPC Subcommittee Chairs, SGIM Presidents, and other SGIM health policy experts. Each year, approximately 20 trainees will participate in a half-day workshop on Wednesday at the annual meeting to orient them to the program, to meet others in the national cohort, and to begin learning core health policy knowledge and skills. Throughout the year, they will have one-on-one mentoring with program faculty, with whom they are matched based on common interests and career goals, to draft an individual development plan (IDP).


In ongoing activities during the year, LEAHP trainees will participate in: 


  • Quarterly webinars led by LEAHP faculty with curriculum presentations, “Washington Post” journal clubs, case discussions, etc.;
  • Quarterly health policy/advocacy teleconferences for a health policy update and discussion of pressing issues to build a community of practice;
  • Monthly phone calls with their mentor to check in on progress on their IDP, guide learning, and discuss challenges and opportunities;
  • Membership in a health policy subcommittee (education, research or clinical practice); participating in monthly calls and health policy committee advocacy activities;
  • Reading and contributing to resources curated on SGIM’s Advocacy website, including a core set of books, key papers, online sources on policy basics, and news feeds on health policy; and
  • Direct local advocacy experiences in participants' home towns.

LEAHP trainees will also complete a Capstone project, consisting of at least two of the following:


  • Writing a health policy white paper/perspective for publication;
  • Developing, piloting, and evaluating a curriculum in a health policy topic;
  • Completing an advocacy project with a leave-behind document and talking points;
  • Developing and submitting a workshop in health policy for the annual SGIM meeting. 

LEAHP trainees will return to the next Annual SGIM Meeting to report out on their experience and inspire the next cohort of participants. SGIM will establish and sustain a network of LEAHP program graduates over time, connecting in the HPC and Health Policy Interest Group, sharing resources, writing, teaching, producing workshops, and advocating, etc.


While most program activities are designed for LEAHP trainees, several resources will be available for all SGIM members, including teleconferences and learning resources on the SGIM Advocacy website. 


Participants will be chosen via a competitive application process. The LEAHP fee for the 2020-2021 program is $1000 for SGIM members (plus registration and travel fees for two SGIM annual meetings)

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