HSA Students Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss Health Policy and Legislation

APRIL 3, 2014 - Undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Health Systems Administration recently traveled to Capitol Hill to learn more about health policy and legislation.

The students met with current and former House, Senate, White House, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services staff representatives, as well as leaders from some of the most prominent provider associations, think tanks, and national health sector collaboratives.  Many of these individuals were responsible for designing and now implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Trip organizer Jason Ormsby, PhD, MHA, MBA, assistant professor of health systems administration, says that Georgetown’s program has strong connection s with nationally recognized health care sector leaders and policymakers.

“These relationships are long term, with many of the leaders not only participating in the Hill session each year, but engaging the students throughout their education experience by providing advice, informational sessions, and sometimes internships and residencies,” he says.

‘Thrilling and Insightful’

Students had the chance to discuss the health policy process, health reform, implementing reform, new legislation, and careers in health policy.

“The Capitol Hill visit was a great chance to hear policy perspectives from distinguished professionals in the political arena,” says Brian Bailey (G’15), who is earning his master’s degree in health systems administration and president of the student organization the Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University. “The forum allowed the speakers to speak candidly about their views, which led to an incredible learning experience.”

Undergraduate Lindsay Agresti (NHS’16), who is majoring in health care management & policy, agreed.

“I found the Hill visit to be such a great experience,” she says.  “[I]t was both thrilling and insightful to hear different perspectives on how health policies today will affect the nation in the long run on both a broader and individual level. The opportunity to see what goes on behind closed doors in regard to how policies are agreed upon and implemented was really eye opening.”

By Jason Ormsby, PhD, MHA, MBA, and Rahab Manyika (G’15)