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Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)



Welcome to SHOW!

Participating counties in the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)

What is SHOW?

  • SHOW is a novel program for monitoring population health
  • We gather information about health of state residents living in both urban and rural areas
  • We offer new opportunities for epidemiologic and translational health research

What makes SHOW special?

  • SHOW measures health with a household examination survey using state of the art technology
  • Health is measured at multiple levels including community, individual and at the molecular and cellular level
  • SHOW completes many objective physical measurements, including blood pressure, height and weight, physical activity with accellorometry, and collects and stores biological specimens for future research
  • Health is defined broadly and includes over 20 topics, including mental health and well-being, sleep, food and built environments

How can SHOW help you?



  • SHOW provides easily accessible data for your research
  • SHOW data is routinely linked with other data resources available in the state
  • SHOW will help with data analysis and IRB prep
  • You have options to use existing resources or build on existing infrastructure to develop new, novel cost-effective research
  • Basic researchers can partner with SHOW epidemiologists and use samples from the biorepository for molecular and cellular research

Visit our researchers page


Participants and Invited Residents

  • SHOW is made possible by the people who participate. We thank participants for contributing their time and support
  • Participation is by invitation only
  • Over 4,500 Wisconsinites have taken part in SHOW

Learn more about participating in SHOW       


Public Health Practitioner

  • SHOW can provide you with access to data not available in other statewide surveys
  • SHOW measures information about important health topics including prevalence of and determinants of diabetes, obesity, sleep, mental health, social and built environmental determinants of health

More information for public health leaders


Read SHOW's latest newsletter (pdf) | Subscribe now




SHOW on Milwaukee Public Radio


“The philosophy of SHOW is to look at health in a very holistic way. We make sure that the questions we have in the survey are from all facets of health,” said Dr. Kristen Malecki, SHOW's co-director, in an interview on WUWM radio's Lake Effect program. Listen now

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Where You Live Affects Mental Health


"Neighborhoods and communities we live in can have profound effects on our overall well-being, particularly in promoting mental health ..." - Dr. Kristen Malecki, co-director, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin


Dr. Malecki studies Wisconsin neighborhoods and how they affect our health. Her work is highlighted recently on Academic Minute. Listen now

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)

SHOW Expands in 2014


The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin grew in a number of exciting ways in 2014. For the first time in the survey, Wisconsin residents of all ages will be invited to participate. SHOW also implemented a new sampling frame that gives important expansion in the survey's capacity to measure health at some county levels as well as at the state level. Read about these, and many more updates in our Winter 2015 Newsletter (pdf).

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Predictors of Poor Oral Health


Recent Survey of the Health of Wisconsin findings on dental health in Wisconsin found that 1 in 5 adults is not receiving the oral-health care that they need, and that 15 percent of Wisconsinities have untreated cavities. Read more



For researchers

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin codebooks

Registration is required to access SHOW’s codebooks. Please register by emailing

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)
Last updated: 11/06/2015
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