MSSA Awards Program

Health and human service professionals often do not receive the appreciation and respect that their hard work deserves. At MSSA, we believe that the work our members do is critically important and deserves recognition.

Members from regions 1, 2, 5, and 10 may submit nominations through November 1. The deadline to submit an Outstanding Student nomination in all regions is November 1.

How It Works

MSSA members can nominate colleagues, friends, volunteers, agencies, and other deserving people for awards to highlight successes and outstanding individuals in the health and human service field. New this year: Any MSSA member who submits a nomination will receive a $5 gift card or free Critical Conversations webinar registration!

Nominations from regions 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and Metro are independently reviewed by regional boards. Winners are then recognized at regional fall conferences. 

Regional award recipients—as well as any nominees from regions 1, 2, 5, and 10—then move on for consideration at the statewide awards level, where their nominations are judged by MSSA's Awards and Scholarships Committee. Statewide winners are recognized at MSSA's Annual Conference & Expo in March.

For more information on MSSA's awards program, contact Suzanne Lamoreaux.


Outstanding Adult Foster Care 
MSSA recognizes outstanding foster care provided to adults through the Adult Foster Care Award.
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Community Collaboration 
MSSA recognizes community collaborations that benefit the health and human service system through the Community Collaboration Award. 

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Outstanding Retiree 
MSSA recognizes retirees for their outstanding service to the health and human service community with significant contributions to clients, agency, and community. 

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Outstanding Student 
MSSA recognizes students who routinely demonstrate their ability to excel both academically and in their internships and field work experiences. 

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Outstanding Volunteer Service 
MSSA recognizes an individual for their outstanding volunteer service. 

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Outstanding Child Foster Care
MSSA recognizes outstanding foster care provided to children through the Child Foster Care Award.

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Individual Distinguished Service to MSSA
The award for the Individual Distinguished Service to MSSA recognizes an individual member for their outstanding service and leadership our organization. 

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Outstanding Staff Achievement 
MSSA recognizes individuals who routinely exemplify outstanding service to clients, their colleagues and place of work through the Staff Achievement Award. 

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Outstanding Treatment Foster Care 
MSSA recognizes treatment foster care providers who deliver outstanding foster care to children with developmental disabilities or serious emotional, behavioral and medical needs.

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The Morris Hursh Award
The Morris Hursh Award recognizes a Minnesotan who has had an impact on the delivery of health and human services at the national, state and local levels; and their involvement with MSSA and/or other health and human service-related professional groups. This award is not offered at the regional level and winners are appointed by the Board of Directors.

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