Survey of the Health of Wisconsin Shares Health Statistics
The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) has begun offering interactive online charts that provide visual insights into the factors that determine the state's health.
SHOW is providing easy access to information and the ability to explore a sample of data from an extensive collection of health information. SHOW has been tracking the health of Wisconsin residents since 2008. The survey will continue to release data on an ongoing basis.
The program released information for a sample of measures available in SHOW, including health behaviors, health care utilization and access, and health outcomes. Trends can be reviewed at the state level or broken down by five regions in the state, which mirror the Wisconsin’s health department regions: North, Northeast, Southeast, South and West.
“We are excited to have the ability to share information about the state’s health in a way that is easy for others to explore. We hope this portal will encourage researchers and others to ask more detailed questions about health and wellness in the state,” shared Dr. Kristen Malecki, co-director of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. “Tracking the health of the population can lead to more informed decision-making and lead to new research discoveries. That’s our mission at SHOW.”
SHOW, with funding from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, is one of the nation’s first public health data resources and public health bio-sample programs of its kind.
SHOW’s work is making a variety of new health research possible, and will continue to allow experts to answer important health questions well into the future. Access to all of SHOW’s data is available to researchers, public health practitioners and other interested parties by request.
As of early 2016, over 5,000 Wisconsinites make up the SHOW cohort. This year, the survey will be adding participants from Brown, Eau Claire, Milwaukee and Waushara counties. The project is modeled after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which has been monitoring the nation's health since 1971.
Date Published: 02/08/2016