Our Editorial Process

Our mission is to inform and empower you with accurate, empathetic, and actionable health information so you can make the best choice for your health. The integrity of our information is crucial to us. That’s why it’s important to share how we create content to help guide your health choices and decisions.

We rely on diverse voices

Our goal is to bring fact-based health information to all people regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, and ability. We’re dedicated to creating content that reflects a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We don’t shy away from addressing health disparities among different populations, and we know that one person’s experience navigating their health can be vastly different than that of another person from a different group. All experiences should be reflected in our content.

Our editorial team members are seasoned pros

Each piece of content is edited by our team of highly skilled editors who have deep health journalism experience. Our content and our editors are not influenced by advertisers or sponsors. Nothing goes on our site unless it’s accurate, empathetic, and inclusive, and it addresses the topic at hand in plain language. 

Meet Health’s editorial leads:

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Jordan Davidson
Editorial Director, Health

Jordan Davidson is the editorial director of Health and the author of the family planning book "So When Are You Having Kids?". She has over a decade of experience covering health topics for both consumers and healthcare professionals.

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Amber Brenza, CPT
Associate Editorial Director, News

Amber is the Associate Editorial Director overseeing news content for Health, ensuring that readers stay up-to-date on trending topics like COVID-19, as well as the most recent research in the health and wellness space.

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Our writers are experienced health journalists

We pride ourselves in bringing forward qualified professionals in the health space who are credentialed or specialize in specific health topics. Our writers understand the data and the latest studies; they present the information you’re looking for in an unbiased, easy-to-digest format.

Meet some of our expert writers:

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Julia Ries
Writer

Julia Ries is a writer focusing on all things health and wellness. She has over 10 years of experience in health journalism, and though she has written about pretty much every health topic imaginable, her very favorite thing to write about is mental health and the many ways in which it influences how we think, feel, act, and, ultimately, live.

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Jenneh Rishe, RN
Registered Nurse and Chronic Illness Advocate
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Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian

Cynthia Sass is a nutritionist and registered dietitian with master's degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she's Health's contributing nutrition editor and counsels clients one-on-one through her virtual private practice. Cynthia is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics and has consulted for five professional sports teams, including five seasons with the New York Yankees. She is currently the nutrition consultant for UCLA's Executive Health program. Sass is also a three-time New York Times best-selling author and Certified Plant Based Professional Cook. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook, or visit www.CynthiaSass.com.

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Simon Spichak
Writer

Simon Spichak finished his MSc at University College Cork, where he studied the interactions between the microbes in the gut and the brain. He became interested in science communication during his studies and won a national competition called FameLab in 2020. Since then, he has been covering stories in science and tech.

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Fact checkers maintain our editorial standards

We depend on a team of qualified, experienced fact-checkers to vet content for accuracy. Our fact-checkers do this by using primary references like peer-reviewed journals, government and advocacy organizations, and academic sources to make sure the facts are relevant and backed up by timely, trusted data.

Meet some of our experienced fact-checkers:

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Nick Blackmer
Fact Checker

Nick Blackmer is a librarian, fact-checker, and researcher with more than 20 years of experience in consumer-facing health and wellness content.

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Marley Hall
Fact Checker

Marley Hall is a writer and fact-checker specializing in medical and health information. She uses her experience in medical research to ensure content is accurate across multiple Dotdash Meredith brands.

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Medical experts review our content

Our team of board-certified physicians and other medical experts review content for medical accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. A medical expert will confirm a piece of content is thorough and contains facts and guidelines that reflect the latest in research. When the content meets these standards, they will sign off on it. When we publish it on our site, you’ll see their name and “reviewed by” under the headline, so you know an expert in that field has approved it.

Learn more about our Medical Expert Board.

We verify all sources and citations

Our editors and fact checkers verify facts, claims, statistics, and recommendations in our content by reviewing research journals, government websites, and medical organizations. When we are sure of the accuracy of the statement or data, we’ll include a link to the information or cite it in the article. This way, you can see where it comes from and know you can trust the original source. 

We report current events in a responsible and relatable way

Every piece of news we publish is based on accurate and thorough reporting. Our news coverage provides you with the right context as to why a new study, guideline, trend, or question is relevant to your health and well-being. We ensure this trustworthiness in our news content by relying on seasoned health journalists, credentialed medical experts, dedicated editors, and thorough fact checkers. We don’t simply tell you what’s going on in the world of health and wellness—we explain why it matters to your life and the lives of those around you.

We update our content

Health and wellness content is ever changing, and content integrity is very important to us. That’s why we make it a priority to regularly review and update content to ensure that content is up-to-date, answers the questions people are asking, and make certain it meets the new higher standards.

We want to hear your feedback

If you have a comment, question, or suggestion about our editorial process or a specific piece of content on our site, we’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us at contact@health.com.