Talk It Out Tuesday

We’re so excited to announce the continuation of our collaborative Talk It Out Tuesday series!

As part of the Talk It Out Tuesday series, featured speakers will discuss strategies and research about preventing underage drinking. Our speakers join us from a variety of backgrounds and professional fields, and we appreciate their input and help in reaching our goal to stop underage drinking in North Carolina!

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events in our Talk It Out Tuesday series!


Tamra Church Headshot

Tamra Jo Church
MAEd, MCHES®, Certified CRM Teacher
faculty member at East Carolina University in the Department of Health Education and Promotion; Talk It Out Ambassador 

June 7th at 12:30 p.m.

Strengthening Families To Support Youth Resilience


This panel discussion will be an open dialog about supporting positive home environments to raise resilient and thriving youth in an effort to prevent underage drinking. The panelists, Tamra Church, Tocarra Osborne, Dr. Jennifer Matthews, and Nicole Augustine will discuss practical tools to build parental resilience to manage day-to-day stressors and stay regulated, with the goal of being our best selves. 

Presenter Description
Tamra Jo Church, MAEd, MCHES®, Certified CRM Teacher, is a faculty member at East Carolina University in the Department of Health Education and Promotion, and the Talk It Out NC Ambassador for Eastern North Carolina. She is a Certified Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® Teacher, CATCH® My Breath Community Trainer, Community Action Poverty Simulation Facilitator, Youth Mental Health First Aider, and is trained in the Strengthening FamiliesTM Protective Factors Framework. Ms. Church is the Chair and Executive Director of the Coastal Coalition for Substance Awareness & Prevention (CCSAP), a five-county coalition in Central Eastern NC focused on youth substance use prevention and leads the CCSAP Resilience Collaborative to buffer ACEs and build community resilience. She serves on the Coordinating Team for the Resilient North Carolina Collaborative Coalition (RNCCC) and is a member of RNCCC, Pitt County’s BRACE (Building Resilience and Courage to Excel), and Colleges and Universities for Resilience (CURE).


Ty Lautenschlager
CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow
NC Division of Public Heath’s Injury and Violence Prevention

May 24th at 12:00 p.m.

Alcohol Use, Risks, and Related Harms


Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading preventable cause of death in North Carolina, yet consumption has been continuously rising over the last 10 years. Join us to learn about excessive drinking (underage, binge, and heavy drinking), public health surveillance efforts, alcohol consumption data collected from youth and adult health behavior surveys, and the harms that come with excessive drinking.

Presenter Description
Ty Lautenschlager, MPH is a CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, who started her placement with the NC Division of Public Heath’s Injury and Violence Prevention in August of 2021 after graduating from The Ohio State University. She works on many projects focusing on overdose and alcohol surveillance, as well as other injury topics such as falls, firearm deaths, motor vehicle traffic and suicides. Recently, she helped work on Governor Roy Cooper’s Alcohol Awareness Month Proclamation, has been working to compile information to update North Carolina’s alcohol data dashboard, and recently updated Alcohol Related Death Impact (ARDI) numbers for the state.


Joe Marks
Talk It Out NC Ambassador

May 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Finding the Road of Recovery – The Importance of Prevention


Presenter Description
Joe grew up in a culture in which alcohol was glorified. His mother had the disease of addiction, by misusing alcohol, and his father suffered from untreated PTSD, self-medicating with alcohol. Drinking in the household was daily and mostly heavy. Being in long-term recovery himself, Joe has a unique perspective that he has been able to incorporate into his work for years operating a halfway house and later working with coalitions. Joe considers anything he can do to prevent someone going into addiction is not just one life saved, but many; because of the impact addiction has on families, friends, and communities. Joe believes that giving youth and young adults the chance to make the right decision is an obligation we all have and working with Talk It Out allows him to do just that. Joe is excited to nurture the relationships already established in his region and continue to make connections with other coalitions to encourage all to work together on the same mission. Joe knows that the conversation about underage drinking is not always a comfortable conversation, but it is one that is critical in impacting a child’s life.


Dr. Wanda Boone
Talk It Out NC Ambassador
CEO/Founder of Together for Resilient Youth (TRY)

April 19th at 12:00 p.m.

Raising Resilient Children


Presenter Description
Dr. Wanda Boone founded Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) in 2000 after 20 years in the corporate sector. TRY, based in Durham, now has a presence across NC, the US and internationally in Kenya, the UK and Australia.

Dr. Boone is a forerunner and recognized as an expert in the field of Resilience/Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma. She believes that children thrive when the adults that surround them are well and do well.

She is a guest speaker and technical advisor on Prevention structures, Trauma, Resilience, Racial Inequities, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Health Disparities, COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity and more.

TRY connects the dots linking the public health model, trauma informed care and transformative prevention.

Dr. Boone is a member of the NC Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Advisory Board, Health and Safety Chair of the Durham City/County Task Force and served as the Co-Chair of the National Institute of Medicine Healthy NC 2030 Social and Economic Factors work group focusing on the impact of trauma and the importance of resilience. She is a RN, Sr. RA, Duke University Medical Center and holds a Masters and PhD in Theology and Public Health.


Nicole Augustine
Talk It Out NC Ambassador
CEO/Founder of RIZE Consultants

March 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Developing Student Leadership to Support Underage Drinking Prevention


Presentation Summary
This session highlighted a new initiative co-sponsored by Talk It Out NC. In August 2021, The HBCU Collaborative Network received its first grant to develop a federal work study internship at three HBCUs in the state of North Carolina: FSU, Bennett College, and NC A&T. This project will provide an opportunity for college students to learn about prevention science, and to learn the skills of resilience. This session explored the role of HBCUs in improving health outcomes for college students, while also creating leadership opportunities for those interested in behavioral health sciences.


Supplemental Talk It Out Tuesday Resources

Education & Prevention Resources