Partners in Prevention

School-based prevention is an effective long-term strategy to stop substance use and save lives. Schools in La Porte have an opportunity to equip students with skills that not only help them avoid drugs but can also help improve their academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior and social and emotional well-being. These programs can also help reduce bullying and violence.


Partners in Prevention is a grant initiative offered by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) to all schools in La Porte County. Schools can apply to receive funding for planning and implementation grants, technical assistance, and evaluation for proven substance use prevention programs.


In 2018, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation committed more than $10.2 million to 151 Indianapolis schools delivering proven prevention programs to 71,112 students by the 2020-2021 school year. This funding is helping to implement evidence-based prevention programs in public (traditional, charter and innovation network) and accredited private K-12 schools in Marion County. Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has kindly permitted HFL to adopt the main components of their initiative, and we thank them for their support.


HFL will connect grant recipients with prevention experts who will provide free, step-by-step technical assistance to help: 1) identify the proven prevention program that best meets the needs of each applicant’s students, staff and school environment and 2) help ensure planning grant recipients carefully think through the steps required for successful program implementation and sustainability.

The technical assistance providers have been chosen by HFL due to their expertise in assisting schools implement evidence-based programs with fidelity.  An outside evaluation team will determine whether the programs are being implemented as intended and whether these efforts are having the expected impact.  School leaders can feel confident knowing the programs they select can and will work.

If we can prevent La Porte County’s young people from experimenting with substance use, we can stem the addiction crisis and improve the well-being of these students now and into adulthood.


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You will need to have the access code PIP2018 to access the planning grant application.

Contact us with questions or for more information about this project.