By Angélica Rodríguez, AcademyHealth

We are three months in to 2016, which means there’s still time for moments of reflection, organization and prioritizing. When discussing priorities, individuals tend to look toward their career, posing several questions such as:

  • Am I progressing the way I want to progress?
  • What are the opportunities ahead?
  • What can I do to enhance my career?

The book Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazi released several years ago touched on many useful benefits of increasing personal networks.

“I’ve come to believe that connecting is one of the most important business—and life—skill sets you’ll ever learn” -Ferrazi


Let’s be honest, being a part of the industry’s ‘insiders club’ is one of the best ways to get ahead. This is just one of many reasons that an AcademyHealth membership can benefit you and your career. Whether you are interested in networking at conferences and events, engaging with our Interest Groups , or participating in our online community,, AcademyHealth membership offers access to over 4,100 of the best minds in the health services research community.

In-person events provide an ideal opportunity to foster networking, and with nine annual conferences, AcademyHealth has a wide variety of opportunity. AcademyHealth’s conferences highlight topics such as advocacy and policy, data, dissemination and implementation, and, of course, health services research.

“…by giving your time and expertise and sharing them freely, the pie gets bigger for everyone.” - Ferrazi

Another great benefit of joining AcademyHealth is the significant discount reserved for our members to attend conferences and events. Our membership however, is more than just a discount! Learn how you can set yourself apart from your peers by gaining significant funding in our next membership blog post!


ARodAngélica Rodríguez is the Director of Membership for AcademyHealth. In her role, Angélica is responsible for the recruitment, retention and engagement of members and affiliate organizations and will oversee the development of AcademyHealth’s Interest Groups and Student Chapters. Ms. Rodriguez brings many years of membership experience to her new role at AcademyHealth. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Ms. Rodriguez worked at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as the director of major gifts building partnerships and sponsorship support from corporations nationwide. Additionally, she launched the Annual Partners Membership Program to enhance partner engagement with the Memorial Fund. Angélica spent eight years at the National Retail Federation as a senior director and worked with retailers nationwide. In that role she served as a liaison for 11 committees, members and governing boards and also acted as an NRF spokesperson on loss prevention topics including, organized retail crime, gift card fraud and business continuity/crisis management. Angélica has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Excellent Service in Public Award, Law Enforcement Online Award and Nassau County Police Department Public Service Award. Angélica graduated from Rice University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.