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Chenoa Allen receives NIH funding

Chenoa Allen

April 29, 2021

Chenoa Allen, assistant professor in Health Sciences, received funding for her research proposal 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 polices that harm immigrants. Dr. Allen wants to flip that model and look at how the use of state and local policies could protect and promote immigrant health, such as those that allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license or that fund lawyers to represent immigrants who are facing deportation.

This proposal was Dr. Allen’s first submission for the National Institute of Health (NIH) Small Grant Program (R03). NIH funds only 20-25% of small grant proposals in this area.

“To receive an award on your first-ever submission to NIH is really an accomplishment!” said Dr. Judith Goodman, associate dean for research.

“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 said. “I am thrilled to receive NIH funding to help these communities identify effective policies that promote healthier, more equitable communities for all Americans.”

Congratulations, Dr. Allen!