R03 Award for HELI alumna Dr. Chenoa Allen

Congratulations to HELI 2018 alumna Chenoa Allen, PhD, on her recent R03 grant award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)!

Dr. Allen’s project is titled Children of Immigrants Health Study (CIHS): An Evaluation of City and County Policies Affecting the Health of Children of Immigrants in the 2005-2019 National Health Interview Survey. Previous research has focused on policies that harm immigrants, but Dr. Allen wants to look at how we can use state and local policies to protect and promote immigrant health. She’s looking at policies such as those that allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license or that fund lawyers to represent immigrants who are facing deportation.

“In this hyper-competitive funding environment, our success speaks to a growing recognition that immigrants and their children make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and innovative — and that many communities across the nation want to implement policies that support immigrants,” Dr. Allen shared. “I am thrilled to receive NIH funding to help these communities identify effective policies that promote healthier, more equitable communities for all Americans.”

Dr. Allen is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. Prior to moving to her tenure track position at Missouri, Dr. Allen completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Health Disparities Research Scholars (HDRS) Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. This R03 project is an extension of what Dr. Allen worked on for her Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) pilot grant, funded by CCHE in 2017.

Congratulations – especially for receiving this award on your first ever submission to NIH – and best wishes, Chenoa!

Read the Missouri news piece here.

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