HARTFORD: United Health Foundation announced  $2.35 million in grants to The Governor’s Prevention Partnership and to The Village for Families & Children  to help the agencies “increase local education, outreach and engagement among Hartford teens and their families.”

The grants will fund separate, three-year initiatives with each partner.

“Addiction is a disease, and together we can treat and prevent it. These programs will help further strengthen community and family connections, and help teens develop into active and engaged members of our communities,” said Gov. Malloy.

At the end of the three-year grants, The Partnership and The Village will issue white papers with their respective results and provide details on how these initiatives may be replicated.

“By working closely with these community organizations to address critical health issues, particularly increasing drug use among teenagers, we are helping build a healthier Hartford,” said Martha Temple, senior vice president of Optum Behavioral Health.