Morris Hursh was the
first Commissioner of Public
Welfare in Minnesota. He
served as former Executive
Secretary of the Wisconsin
Welfare Council and of the
Lutheran Welfare Society
of Wisconsin. 

Morris Hursh

Through the Morris Hursh award, MSSA recognizes a Minnesotan who has had a national impact on the delivery of health and human services. MSSA considers each nominee's contribution to health and human services at the national, state and local levels as well as their involvement with MSSA and other health and human service related professional groups.  
 

MSSA considers the following criteria when selecting Morris Hursh Award winners:

  • The nominee's contribution to the human service profession on a national level
  • The nominee's contribution to the human service profession at the state level
  • The nominee's contribution to the human service profession on a local level within their community
  • The nature and level of the nominee's involvement  in MSSA and/or other professional human service groups


Past winners include:

  • Senator Linda Berglin
  • Victor Vieth
  • Commissioner Amy Wilde
  • Laura Gaskins
  • Esther Wattenberg
  • Senator Paul Wellstone
  • Amy Wilde (2010)
  • Victor Vieth (2012)
  • Kari Jo Faulhaber (2015)
  • Stan Groff (2016)

  

Click here to submit a nomination online. Please click here to download the nomination form as a Word Doc. Return forms to tmarchio@mnssa.orgThe Morris Hursh Award is not given at the regional level.