Priscilla Flynn

Priscilla Flynn

Priscilla Flynn, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor
Division of Dental Hygiene
Department of Primary Dental Care


Dental Hygiene, B.S., University of Minnesota, 1978
Community Health Education, M.P.H., University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, 1997
Healthcare Policy and Management, Dr.P.H., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008

Contact Info




Office Address

9-372 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement


Dr. Flynn joined the Division of Dental Hygiene faculty in 2012 to infuse her passion for public health to dental hygiene and dental therapy students. Professional experiences include clinical practice in St. Paul and Winona, Minnesota; dental public health in Winona County and with the Minnesota Department of Health; and health education for Winona County Community Health Services and Minnesota Coordinated School Health. She co-founded the Network for Women’s Life and Health, a non-profit community organization serving low-resource women and their families in Southeastern Minnesota and Southwestern Wisconsin. Following owning and operating hospitality and retail businesses, she was the coordinator of the Office of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for 10 years. Previous faculty positions in public health include Walden University and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


She received her doctorate in public health and has been involved in health disparities research in the areas of women’s health, immigrant and refugee health, and health literacy. Her previous research was conducted at Mayo Clinic and in collaboration with Arizona State University where she explored factors related to acculturation on Somali women’s perinatal outcomes, and tested decisions aids to facilitate patient-provider decision-making.


Research Interests

Oral health literacy

Health disparities and health equity

Immigrant and refugee health

Women’s health



DeStephano C, Flynn P, Brost B. Somali prenatal education video use in a United States obstetric clinic: a formative evaluation of acceptability. Patient Education and Counseling, 2010 Oct; 81(1):137-41.

Salem W, Flynn P, Weaver A, Brost B. Fertility after cesarean delivery among Somali-Born women resident in the USA. J Immigrant Minority Health, 2011 Jun; 13(3):494-9.

Flynn P, Foster E.M, Brost B. Indicators of acculturation related to Somali refugee women’s birth outcomes in Minnesota. J Immigrant Minority Health, 2011. 13:224–31.

Miller V, Flynn P, and Lindor K. Evaluating sex/gender competencies in the medical curriculum: a case study, Gender Medicine 2012; 9(3):180-6.

MacLaughlin K, Angstman K, Flynn P, Schmitt J, and Shuster L. Predictors of patient comfort and adherence with less frequent cervical cancer screening, Quality in Primary Care 2011; 19(6):355-63.

Flynn P, Ridgeway J, Wieland M, Williams M, Haas L, Kremers W, and Radecki-Breitkopf C. Primary care utilization and mental health diagnoses among adult patients requiring interpreters: a retrospective study, Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-012-2159-5.

Morrison TB, Flynn PM, Weaver AL, Wieland ML. Cervical cancer screening adherence among Somali immigrants and refugees to the United States. Health Care for Women International; Published online 09 May 2013.

Tiedje K, Shippee N, Johnson A, Flynn P, Finnie D, Liesinger J, May C, Olson M, Ridgeway J, Shah N, Yawn B, and Montori V. They leave at least believing they had a part in the discussion’: Understanding decision aid use and patient-clinician decision-making through qualitative research. Patient Education and Counseling, 2013, Oct, 93(1):86-94.


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