Cristy Gupton started her career as a healthcare provider... As a Registered Dietitian, she worked with people who had a variety of needs related to how their eating behaviors were complicating already dire chronic disease states. After a few years of working with individuals, Cristy seized an opportunity to become an Employee Benefits Consultant.
"Making the transition to the employer workplace was a leap of faith for me", Cristy recalls, "But I realized my skills were needed much more in groups of employees where I could help their employer create a culture of wellness and solve some of their hardest healthcare problems." After almost 20 years, Cristy still works daily with many clients she's had for that entire 20-year period.
Using smart strategies to make every plan in an employer's benefit package function at a higher level, having strong relationships within the industry and never being satisfied with "good enough" has kept Cristy walking down the right path, side-by-side with her employer clients. Cristy is also keeping a keen eye on new rules and regulations as they come out of Washington, DC regarding association health plans. “But we don’t have to wait on Washington. We already have group purchasing platforms like cooperatives and captives that work quite well.”, says Cristy.
As a recent new addition to the Health Rosetta Institute, Cristy has embraced all that it stands for and is now the benefit advisor lead of the Opioid Component Committee. In that leading role, she will explore new initiatives and insights into the opioid crisis especially as it affects the employer community. Helping Health Rosetta Advisers across the nation with actionable items and strategic benefits design that simultaneously reduces both supply and demand for opioids is the main goal. Cristy states, “We will act on the leading edge of innovative plan design, innovative addiction treatment and recovery methods and partner with the nation’s experts in this area to improve all of employee healthcare…but employee behavioral health will certainly see the positive side effects of that effort.”