Delta Dental Institute applauds the appointment of a Chief Dental Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

August 30, 2021 | Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Delta Dental Institute commended the Biden Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for prioritizing oral health with their appointment of Dr. Natalia Chalmers as Chief Dental Officer.

Vivian Vasallo, Executive Director of the Delta Dental Institute, said:

"We are pleased to see the Administration make this commitment to oral health. The Delta Dental Institute has long advocated for more oral health experts in senior leadership positions at CMS and other federal agencies. The appointment of Dr. Chalmers as Chief Dental Officer at CMS is an important step in advancing oral and overall health, and we look forward to serving as a resource to her. The Delta Dental Institute will continue to advocate for more oral health leaders in federal agencies."

Learn more about the Delta Dental Institute's advocacy, and research on the importance of having oral health experts in government, in our Morning Consult op-ed and on our website.