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HPH Weekly: A Q&A with Jen Gunter, the internet’s OB/GYN

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Christine Mehta
January 11, 2024
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A Q&A with Jen Gunter, the internet’s OB/GYN

Book Cover: “Blood: The Science, medicine, and mythology of menstruation” by Dr. Jen Gunter. The cover is pink with red text and an inverted triangle with a single drop of blood at the tip. The book cover is on a purple speckled background.
Book cover: Citadel/Kensington Books

Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN best known for her social media takedowns of dubious health influencers, but she’s also a prolific author, having penned The Vagina Bible, The Menopause Manifesto, and now Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation.

HPH senior editor Amy Roeder sat down with Gunter to explore the motivation behind her new book. “Every single person on this planet is here because of the menstrual cycle. That’s why everybody should learn about it,” Gunter says. As in all of her work, authentic health communication is central to the book. “I noticed early on that when I made my posts conversational, they resonated much more with people,” she says. “We need to ditch the jargon and talk in a way that is familiar.”

Mental health courts can struggle to fulfill decades-old promise

Illustration: Light gray scales of justice dissolve from left to right on a dark gray background.
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Established in 1997, mental health courts are diversion programs designed to keep people with mental illness and arrested for minor infractions out of jail. They are popular, with 650 courts now in operation across the U.S., but KFF Health News reporter Sam Whitehead finds they present a host of problems for the people they claim to benefit. They admit very few people (less than one percent of the jail population), they can be coercive, and they impose onerous requirements that, if not met, can result in incarceration anyway. And yet mental health courts are still sometimes the only route to getting care for people with serious mental illness.

This article was originally published by KFF Health News.

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Christine Mehta is the senior editor for ideas and opinions at Harvard Public Health. Read more from Christine Mehta.