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UnitedHealthcare Vice President Craig LaFiandra Named to
Governor’s Prevention Partnership Board of Directors
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (August 17, 2017) – Jill K. Spineti, President and CEO of The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, announced the appointment of Craig LaFiandra, Vice President of UnitedHealthcare’s Strategic Accounts Operations, to the organization’s Board of Directors. LaFiandra joins 15 other business leaders from across the state on the Board and will serve alongside co-chair Governor Daniel Malloy.
Since its formation in 1989, The Partnership, a statewide nonprofit public-private organization, has worked to create a unique alliance between state government and business leaders with a mission to equip, empower and connect organizations, communities and families to prevent substance abuse, underage drinking and violence among youth, and to promote positive outcomes for all young people in Connecticut.
“We are thrilled to have Craig join our board. After just finishing our strategic plan for the next three years, Craig’s expertise will be invaluable to us,” Spineti said. “He is committed to the health and well-being of Connecticut’s families, and he and his family have supported good works within our communities for years.”
United Health Foundation, the philanthropic division of United Health Group, awarded a nearly $1 million grant to The Partnership to reduce substance abuse among Latino youth in Hartford. Through the grant, The Partnership will create an awareness and outreach program for children, parents and the community focused on substance abuse among teenagers. The grant also will introduce programs to identify and refer high-risk youth for support services.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join The Partnership’s board. It is through collaborations such as these that we can help our young people live healthier lives and build stronger communities,” said LaFiandra. “I look forward to offering my expertise, while engaging our employees in The Partnerships’ many volunteer activities.”
LaFiandra, who joined UnitedHealthcare in 2002, leads sales operations for strategic accounts with responsibilities for relationship strategies, business planning and marketing, and communications. He also oversees UnitedHealth Group’s Hartford Leadership Council, which identifies and coordinates volunteer efforts for the more than 2,300 Hartford-area employees.