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We are currently recruiting past SHOW participants for two COVID-19 initiatives.
Please check your email or mail for an invitation to participate, or find more information at our COVID-19 page.

Unfortunately we are not recruiting new volunteers if they have not participated in the SHOW program between 2014 and 2020.

Our Mission

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin supports ongoing population health monitoring and research, fosters diverse partnerships, and supports ongoing education in order to promote population health equity and well-being in Wisconsin and beyond.

Our Story

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is a statewide public health survey designed to help improve health in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

The SHOW program is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Since its start in 2008, SHOW receives funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP). WPP supports efforts to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting partnerships between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and local, regional, and statewide groups to address the most important health issues in Wisconsin.

As of 2019, the SHOW cohort includes over 6,500 adults and children. New participants from all over Wisconsin were recruited from 2008 until 2016.

In 2017, our team reconnected with past participants for the first year of longitudinal follow-up. We focused on reaching new participants in the City of Milwaukee during 2018 and 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SHOW adapted their plans to launch multiple COVID-19 Community Impact health surveys.

The next wave of longitudinal follow-up is currently on hold, with a tentative goal of resuming field work in 2021.

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