Last Friday, the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) awarded eleven schools grant funding for the Partners in Prevention initiative. The initiative, totaling over $2.8 million, will be spread over three-years to implement evidence-based curriculum to help develop, identify, implement and sustain substance use prevention programs. The programs will impact more than 13,000 LaPorte County students and will help foster positive relationships and social competencies, address addictive behavior, bullying and violence, all while increasing school attendance, self-esteem and more.In response to the recommendation from the La Porte County Opioid Study, HFL identified the community’s need for providing adequate prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery services. In addition, research shows that implementing prevention programs in schools combats the opioid epidemic as a long-term strategy to stop substance misuse and save lives.The funding supplied to the participating eleven La Porte County schools affords them the opportunity to equip students with the life skills and support systems to not only help them avoid drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances, as well as help to improve their academic achievement, classroom behavior, attendance, and social and emotional well-being. The program gives each student a solid foundation to make educated choices and allows insight into the potential consequences of choosing a life of substance misuse and addiction.The Healthcare Foundation awarded the following eleven schools with Planning and Implementation grants to provide these proven programs to La Porte County students:La LumiereLa Porte Community School CorporationMichigan City Area SchoolsMSD of New DurhamNew Prairie United School CorporationNotre Dame Catholic SchoolQueen of All SaintsRenaissance AcademySaint John’s Lutheran SchoolSouth Central Community School CorporationTri-Township Community School Corporation