LP Healthcare Foundation, school representatives launch drug prevention program

WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski; information provided

The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte hosted a Partners in Prevention Celebration and Training event on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Civic Auditorium. A breakfast celebrated the 11 La Porte County schools participating in HFL’s Partners in Prevention initiative. Keynote speaker Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana, addressed the audience. HFL’s initiative will help the participating schools reach an anticipated 17,500 children and teenagers – about 97 percent of all La Porte County students – with proven drug prevention programs. The Partners in Prevention initiative is in response to recommendations from the La Porte County Opioid Study commissioned by HFL through the Center for Health Policy at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. These 11 schools have received grant funding from HFL to help develop, identify, implement and sustain evidence-based curriculum that supports positive relationships and social competencies. The program will span three years, and HFL has contracted with the Education Development Center (EDC) to offer schools technical assistance and RTI International for the evaluation of proper implementation and overall impact of the programs. Following the celebration breakfast, staffers directly involved in the Partners and Prevention initiative implementation learned more about the support and guidance offered by the Technical Assistance (TA) team, got clarity on implementation timelines, and learn how a logic model will help schools monitor progress. A discussion from RTI International reviewed evaluation activities, timelines and logistics, as well as grantee evaluation responsibilities.

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