John Heafner, MPH
John Heafner, MPH, a fourth-year student at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Heafner was elected to a one-year term by the National Conference of Medical Students and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.
As the student member of the board of directors, Heafner represents the interests and opinions of the National Conference of Students to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, he advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
As a medical student, Heafner has demonstrated his commitment to helping the most vulnerable members of the community. He works with both the St. Louis University Health Resource Center and the Mobile Health Initiative as a clinical student volunteer. Heafner also volunteers with Karen House, a transitional housing unit for homeless women and children, and with the Criminal Justice Ministry, which offers services to incarcerated individuals and provides re-entry programs for those returning to the St. Louis area. In addition, Heafner served on the Board of Student Ambassadors for St. Louis University Center for World Health and Medicine.
Heafner also serves in leadership roles with the AAFP. A member of the AAFP since 2016, he currently is the student member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science and a member of the Family Medicine for America’s Health Student and Resident Work Group. In 2016, Heafner served as an AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group regional coordinator. He also serves as the student member of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.
As a result of his academic work and community involvement, Heafner has received multiple scholar awards, including the Kit Bond Community Health Scholarship and the St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Scholarship. He also was named a Missouri Community Health Program Scholar.
Heafner graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in public health and his master’s degree in public health.