Priscilla Flynn

Priscilla Flynn - Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene
School of Dentistry, Twin Cities
  • Health
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Family and social relationships
  • Health conditions


Priscilla Flynn, DrPH, MPH, is an associate professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Her professional experiences are in dental hygiene, dental public health, and community health education. 

Flynn co-founded the Network for Women’s Life and Health, a nonprofit community organization serving low-resource women and their families in Southeastern Minnesota and Southwestern Minnesota. 

Flynn is an expert in oral health care access and oral health literacy. She believes passionately in improving access to and understanding of oral health care. Her work has included engaging with the Somali population in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

Flynn studies the effects of social determinants on oral health in immigrant and refugee populations, evaluates cultural competency and student attitudes toward testing underserved populations following classroom and outreach experiences, and explores rural dental hygienists’ use of communication techniques with low oral health literacy patients. 

Notable Achievements

Community-Engaged Scholar Awardee
Co-founder, Network for Women’s Life and Health
Board Member, American Dental Hygienists Association Journal of Dental Hygiene Editorial Board and Council on Public Health
Board Member, American Association of Public Health Dentistry - ADHA work group 
Member, Minnesota Oral Health Coalition

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