Chenoa Allen is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include adolescent development, refugee and immigrant adaptation, and the role of social and cultural capital in perpetuating inequalities. She is using qualitative interview data from the evaluation of the Caring Across Communities programs to evaluate the dominant models of immigrant and refugee adaptation. She is also collaborating on a study of the effects of political conflict on Palestinians with the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
She completed her M.S. in health and medical sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on maternal and child health and social epidemiology.
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This study reveals the challenges and successes of collaboration between refugee resettlement services and Head Start, and demonstrates that increasing the Early Head Start and Head Start enrollment of young children in refugee families is possible through intersectoral collaboration. The report focuses on study sites in Phoenix, AZ and Syracuse, NY.