Our mission

The Delta Dental Institute is dedicated to advancing oral health for all Americans in partnership with Delta Dental companies and dedicated partners across the country. With expertise rooted in Delta Dental's rich history of oral health leadership, we engage in and support oral health research, community outreach, and advocacy, striving to ensure that everyone understands the importance of oral health to overall health and has access to the care they need.


Together, we're putting a new spotlight on oral health.  

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Mission and purpose

We're proud to serve as leaders in oral health research, community impact, and advocacy to advance oral health for all Americans. Learn more about how the Delta Dental Institute is putting a new spotlight on oral health.

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What we do

The Delta Dental Institute supports oral health for all Americans through research, community outreach, and advocacy — all of which further demonstrates that Delta Dental is the perfect partner to help Americans achieve optimal overall health.

Our priorities

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    Drive greater community impact

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    Address disparities in oral health outcomes

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    Improve oral health literacy, with a focus on underserved populations

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    Improve access to oral health care

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    Produce timely, data-driven research

Who we are

Joseph Dill, DDS, MBA | Head of Dental Science

Joseph Dill, DDS, MBA, is the Chief Dental Officer for Delta Dental Plans Association and Head of Science for the Delta Dental Institute. Dr. Dill has more than 40 years of experience in the dental and business fields and brings that expertise to the Delta Dental Plans Association. In his role, he leads the System’s dental policy and network strategy to fulfill the mission of increasing access to affordable and equitable oral health care. His dental experience includes private dental practice, academia, public health and over 20 years in the dental insurance industry.  Prior to joining DDPA, he served as Vice President of Professional Services and Dental Director for Delta Dental of Virginia. In that role, he led DDVA’s clinical professional services, dental policy, utilization management, fraud and abuse and quality of care areas. Prior to joining DDVA, Dr. Dill spent eight years with Delta Dental of California where he served as their dental director – western states region.  

Dr. Dill also spent two years working for the U.S. Public Health Service as a commissioned officer, providing dental care to residents of the Fort Peck Native American Reservation in Northern Montana. After private practice, he returned to business school and then founded a start-up medical device company, Otoimage, Inc., to develop a reliable means of diagnosing otitis media in infants and children. Additionally, he co-founded and was COO of Propel Biomedical Consulting, where he helped biomedical firms achieve financial success through comprehensive commercialization strategies.  He also worked at Premera Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska as director of dental products.     

Dr. Dill earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Irvine.

Kristen Fischer, MBA | Director, National Programming and Public Affairs

Kristen Fischer, MBA, is an accomplished marketing and branding expert who brings brands to life through strategic, creative, and data-driven campaigns. As Director of National Programming and Public Affairs, Kristen oversees marketing strategy and execution for the Delta Dental Institute, leading programmatic and national initiatives that elevate oral health in the nation’s broader healthcare conversation.

With more than 14 years specifically in healthcare marketing, Kristen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to advance the mission of the Institute. Most recently, Kristen was the Marketing Manager for Delta Dental Plans Association, where she managed programs to help grow and elevate the Delta Dental brand nationally. Kristen has previously worked with major healthcare brands, including Northwestern Medicine and Advocate Health Care.

Kristen holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Elmhurst University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine University, and digital and marketing strategy certificates from Cornell University.  

"The Delta Dental Institute is elevating the importance of oral health in the national health care conversation so that everyone can have the healthy smile they deserve." Dr. Joseph Dill

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Washington, D.C. 20001


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