Region: Metrolina

Nicole Augustine has been involved with substance use prevention work since she was introduced to public health in college. She is the owner of RIZE Consultants, a business focused on working collaboratively with substance prevention professionals to accelerate the innovation of strategies designed to reduce the impact of substance use disorder in communities across the United States. Nicole’s goal is to unite coalitions and other community groups across the state to work together to stop underage drinking. She believes the key is focusing on parents as gatekeepers and pushing them to be positive role models for youth while providing them with resources to start important conversations. The science behind underage drinking and its lasting effects is often not used in these conversations. Nicole knows the perception of alcohol is constantly changing, therefore it’s important to consistently provide good information and resources to parents, schools, and community groups.