Nursery Alliance Coordinator, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Tracey Bradley-Simmons was born and raised in Osceola, Arkansas. Tracey graduated from Osceola High School and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Having been inspired to enter the medical field after completing a summer program for high school students interested in the medical sciences, Tracey set her sights on becoming a nurse. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science and an Associate of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in Health Systems Management. She is certified in case management by The Commission for Case Management Certification. Tracey started her nursing practice in neonatal intensive care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She went on to work in nursing care management and led a team of nurse care managers providing individualized case management services to high-risk mothers and sick neonates for the Walmart national account at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. In this role, Tracey developed a passion for leadership and mentoring others. A big believer in the power of knowledge and innovation, Tracey used these motivators to develop a trailblazing care management program that assisted thousands of expecting mothers. With a desire to impact child health outcomes in her home state, Tracey returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2018 to coordinate a new and innovative partnership consisting of several community hospitals called the Arkansas Children’s Nursery Alliance. The alliance's aims are to improve neonatal clinical outcomes and ultimately reduce infant mortality across the state - a problem responsible for a loss of 6 AR babies each week as of 2017. Tracey is fiercely committed to changing the narrative as it relates to child health in Arkansas by working to move the needle on key child health indicators in a positive direction. Tracey is also actively involved in the nonprofit sector outside of work. She founded her own federally recognized nonprofit in 2017 called the African American Institute for Women’s Health (AAIWH) whose mission is to eliminate health disparities affecting women of color through dedicated, action-driven programs and support. Tracey has spent the last three years laying the groundwork for AAIWH’s especially important mission by working with other change agents and experts whose passion aligns with AAIWH’s mission. Outside of working with AAIWH, Tracey is a member of the Junior League of Little Rock. She has served on the league’s Nonprofit Board Institute in various roles including Chair in 2020. Tracey is a member of the National Association for Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She was recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses of Arkansas in 2020 and is a member of Johns Hopkins Nu Beta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses. Tracey’s favorite pastime is spending time with her husband and their three children. When time permits, she also enjoys using her creativity in various outlets such as crafting, decorating, planting succulents, and practicing calligraphy.