SHOW is a comprehensive ongoing annual health survey gathering data on health and a wide range of health determinants. Surveys are complemented by physical measurements and biosample collection. Data are collected from participants living in diverse urban and rural communities, town and cities across the state.
SHOW can support many types of studies from epidemiologic and environmental studies to community-based studies, research on health disparities, research on aging and others. SHOW was created as a highly flexible infrastructure that can quickly respond to new trends and research interests.
SHOW maintains a state-of-the-art biorepository of population-based biosamples for health-related research. Our specimen are available to qualified researchers both at the University of Wisconsin and at other research institutions.
Population-based Microbiome Research Core
SHOW established the Population-based Microbiome Research Cores to provide the University of Wisconsin research community expertise and resources to conduct microbiome research in the SHOW population.
SHOW data access
SHOW has been collecting data annually since 2008. The data are made available to qualified investigators and organizations to support cutting-edge research and discoveries that aim to improve health.
SHOW’s research is only possible with participation of residents from across the Wisconsin. The survey is used to answer important questions about health and disease. Together we can improve health not only in Wisconsin but across the nation and world. Please follow the link below to learn more about SHOW, who can participate and what to expect when participating.
Adults and children have participated in SHOW since 2008
Percent of participants live in neighborhoods considered "highly walkable"
Percent of adult participants feel they often don't get enough sleep
Percent of participant live with high blood pressure
Percent of participants live with untreated cavities
SHOW has provided research infrastructure and other services for more than 30 studies since its inception in 2008.
SHOW initiative to support grant development
One of the goals of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is to support cutting-edge health research at the University of Wisconsin by providing a cost-effective research infrastructure and a vast biorepository of human biospecimens suitabl...
SHOW launches pilot health survey in Latino community
Wisconsin is a state with stark and persistent health disparities disproportionally affecting racial and ethnic minorities and rural populations. Milwaukee is one the most segregated cities in the U.S. with 40 percent of its population being Afric...
Wisconsin’s obesity map: The ZIP codes weigh in
Health researchers have compiled a searchable map of obesity in America’s Dairyland by ZIP code, and the picture is alarming.
New line of population health research takes guts
“You know, if you’re going to poop anyway, you might as well get paid for it!”
Wisconsin obesity rates higher than previously thought
Obesity rates among Wisconsin adults are higher than previously reported for the state. According to findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), a population-based health examination survey, 39.4 percent of Wisconsin adults are obese.
Grad student honored for research on respiratory health near dairy farms
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.
Cost, lack of insurance are primary predictors of poor oral health
One in five adults in Wisconsin is not receiving needed oral-health care and an estimated 15 percent have cavities.
Study: shift workers more likely to be overweight, have problems sleeping
The nine-to-five, Monday through Friday regimen most of us plan our lives around provides certain conveniences that shift work just doesn’t offer. But in addition, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and ...
At least 740,000 Wisconsin residents face food insecurity
Wisconsin may be the land of cheese and bratwurst, but more than 13 percent of Wisconsin residents who took part in a Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) interview reported that they worried about going hungry in the past year. The results fr...