Corissa Payton is the DiabetesSmart Specialist for the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University, and started her career in the health field as a personal trainer and studio manager. It was here she discovered her passion for educating and meeting people where they are in their wellness journey. After earning her master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion (also from East Carolina University), she went on to teach health and physical education classes at Central Piedmont Community College and worked as a health coach for an insurance company. Prior to joining the team at CCCPH, in her role as Health Promotion Coordinator, her worksite wellness programs earned recognition from organizations such as Healthy Gaston, Charlotte Business Journal, Prevention Partners, and the American Heart Association. She loves meeting people where they are in their wellness journey and believes the foundation of change is education. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband and her daughter, Olivia.