Nancy Bradford is the founder of the post secondary educational company, An Informed Parent. The company has the goal of improving the college graduation rate within the African American community by identifying the issues that can either interrupt or end a student's college and then working with parents to address the issues before they become a problem.
Ms.Bradford, a Health Educator by training, recently retired after completing 38 years of service with the New York State Department of Health. As the Director of Family Health Programs in the Metropolitan Area Regional Office (MAR), she had the responsibility of administering programs that served women, infants and children of New York City.
It was while working within several programs including the Immunization Program, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Rape Crisis Prevention Program that the seeds of her post retirement activities were planted. While working in the Immunization Program, she worked with College Health staff when measles outbreaks occurred on New York State college campuses.
Working with the students involved with the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, gave her the opportunity to see up close how a family's income trajectory could be changed when a student obtained a college degree. On the other hand, she saw the devastation a sexual assault could cause a student, placing that student at a higher risk of leaving college before getting their diploma.
Evidence based research has shown how prepared students fare better on college campuses than their unprepared counterparts. Ms. Bradford has spent the last 4 years talking to parent groups about how to prepare their students for life on a college campus.
Ms. Bradford also was an Adjunct Professor at a private New York-city college teaching courses
in health care management to the next generation of public health workers.
Her book. "College Safety: A Parent's Guide for Keeping Their Kids Safe on Campus" was published in 2020 and is available from Amazon.