Survey of the Health of Wisconsin shifts data collection efforts to understand how COVID-19 affects all aspects of health

May 20, 2020

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is shifting data collection efforts this coming year with the goal of being at the forefront of understanding how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting all aspects of health.

Rather than in-person interviews, the SHOW team has created online surveys to track health changes over the coming year. Numerous investigators across campus contributed to create a diverse and unique set of questions. The surveys cover a variety of topic areas, ranging from economic impacts, to perceptions and information about the virus, to behavior change and mental health coping strategies.

Any past SHOW participants who have consented to contact for future studies are eligible. Data collection includes an initial survey this spring, followed by two additional surveys over the course of the year. Updates on data availability will come in the future.

For more information or to get involved, contact SHOW staff at

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin is a statewide public health survey designed to help improve health in Wisconsin and throughout the world. The program has been in operation by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health since 2008. SHOW was designed to conduct annual health surveys of Wisconsin residents and communities, conduct longitudinal follow-up of survey participants, and enable community-specific and community-driven ancillary studies. The data that SHOW collects is shared with leaders, organizations and researchers who use it to improve health in the state.