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The Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award

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2015 Nominations

NACCHO accepts nominations for the Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award from January 1- March 31. This award honors current or former local health officials for noteworthy service to NACCHO that has reflected the commitment, vigor and leadership exemplified by Mo's distinguished career.

2014 Maurice "Mo" Mullet Award
Joan Ellison

NACCHO is pleased to recognize Joan Ellison, RN, MPH as this year's recipient of the Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award. This award honors current or former local health officials for noteworthy service, commitment and leadership. For more about Joan's distinguished career below. More »

Honoring a Lifetime of Service, Leadership, and Significant Achievements

Maurice “Mo” Mullet, MD, served as health commissioner of Holmes County, Ohio for 30 years, first on a part-time basis from 1975-1997, then as the first full-time commissioner from 1997 until his retirement in 2005. He also was concurrently part-time health commissioner for neighboring Knox County from 1988–1997. 

During his career he achieved statewide and national recognition as a leader among local health officials, as well as in the field of public health. He served as President of the Ohio Association of Health Commissioners, the board chair of the Public Health Foundation, and was a charter scholar of the Public Health Leadership Institute. Mo served NACCHO as a board member for three years, as vice president for four years, and as president from 1992-1994. During his tenure as a NACCHO officer, Mo was instrumental in planning the merger of the NACCHO with the U.S. Conference of Local Health Officials. He was a seminal, influential thinker and leader in national efforts to define public health functions and establish national policy in disease prevention and health promotion. He established an educational endowment fund at NACCHO.

He continued to serve NACCHO as a former president, acting as parliamentarian for the board of directors, as an ex officio member of the bylaws committee, and as a member of the structure and governance workgroup that recommended extensive changes to NACCHO'svernance subsequently adopted by the board.

The careers of the recipient of this award will demonstrated the following achievements:
  • Leadership among local health departments demonstrated by energetic volunteer service to NACCHO.
  • Significant contributions to the field of local public health practice as a thoughtful leader and representative of NACCHO.    
  • Commitment, skill and effort demonstrated on behalf of NACCHO.
Nominating Instructions
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  • Complete the nomination form available in the NACCHO Applications section of "My NACCHO" after logging in. Click here to access the nomination form.
  • Nominations will be accepted from January 1, to March 31.
  • The awards committee will meet in the spring to select a winner. In May, the winner will be notified by phone.
  • The winner will be recognized at the NACCHO Annual Conference.