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Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)



Welcome to SHOW!

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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 accelerometery, 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 6,000 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 

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Amy Schultz

Wisconsin Obesity Rate Higher than Previously Thought


Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, associate dean for public health and professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, explains to Wisconsin Public Radio listeners why SHOW's latest surverying methods resulted in a higher, but more accurate, picture of obesity in the state. Listen to his interview on Central Time.

Amy Schultz

Amy Schultz Recognized for Research on Effects of Industrial Dairy Farms on Health


Amy Schultz, a graduate student working at the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), received a student achievement award at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting. Her poster, about the effects of industrial dairy operations on respiratory health, was a top-10 submission for student abstracts in the Environmental Health section. Learn more


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


Healthy Eating in Rural Wisconsin


Did you know that research shows that rural areas have higher rates of obesity than urban? SHOW recently helped a research team take an in-depth look at healthy eating in the heart of rural Wisconsin - Waupaca. Read the story at Citylab


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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: 05/17/2017
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