Mo Burnham

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Mo Burnham has been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. She believes in using children’s literacy as a tool to build empathy, compassion, and diversity inclusion. Mo is a recent breast cancer survivor. A little over a year and a half ago, Burnham was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). After her diagnosis, Burnham learned that TNBC is more common among Black and African American women than other ethnicities. She became further aware of the disparities in the diagnosis, treatment, and overall medical care of Black women and men, resulting in poorer health outcomes. She helped host a virtual fundraiser for ABC/African American Health Group in Santa Cruz, with founder Carmelita Austin-Schreher. She continues to work to bring awareness to the issues regarding Black health with the guidance of Austin-Schreher.