Public Health in the Community – The Honorable John Cavanaugh received the 2013 Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, MD, Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, in recognition of his distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research, and practice.
John Cavanaugh is the executive director of Building Bright Futures and a fourth generation Nebraskan. A lawyer by profession and a graduate of the Creighton University School of Law (1972), John was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature in 1972 and was elected to the United States House of Representatives from the Second District in Nebraska in 1976, where he served until 1981.
Among his civic activities, Mr. Cavanaugh served for 20 years as a trustee of the Platte River Whooping Crane Habitat Trust and received a Presidential appointment as chairman of the Czech and Slovak American Enterprise Fund. John Cavanaugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs. Cavanaugh and his wife Kathleen have eight children.