A SHOW interviewer conducting a mock interview with another field interviewer.


Calling Past SHOW Participants: COVID-19 Survey

The SHOW program recently launched a COVID-19 Survey to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people across Wisconsin. All past SHOW participants are eligible for this survey! We are sending out three confidential, online surveys and you will receive compensation for your time. If you are a past participant and interested in more information, please send us an email at covid19study@show.wisc.edu or call us at our main SHOW line (888-433-7469).

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is a one of a kind research program at the University of Wisconsin. We collect information from Wisconsin residents about their health.

We also ask about places where people live, how they live, their emotions, and the health care they receive to learn more about life in Wisconsin. We do this to help answer questions about different aspects of health. We want to find out why some people are healthy and others are sick. We also want to learn about factors that affect health such as diet, stress, water you drink or air you breathe. The goal of our research is to gather data to make new discoveries, paint a picture of health and inform programs to improve health in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Note: SHOW is not recruiting new volunteers at this time. Only past participants are eligible for current surveys.

Why participate?

SHOW’s research is only possible with participation by people like you. Thank you! Your help is greatly appreciated. By participating, you significantly contribute to the prevention of diseases and discovery of new treatments.

Who is invited to participate and what to expect

We randomly select households from counties, towns and cities all across the state to participate in SHOW. We invite all eligible household members (adults and children) to participate in the survey.

Your participation is voluntary, and SHOW takes many steps to protect your personal information.

What is included in the study?

The SHOW survey consists of four parts.

Part 1: in-home interview

Staff ask health questions and record answers on a computer.
Staff also take physical measurements, including blood pressure, heart rate, height and weight, measurement of hip and waist, and breathing function.

Part 2: self-administered questionnaire booklet

This part is completed in a participant’s own time.

Part 3: activity monitoring

Participants are provided with small devices called accelerometers to wear on their wrist and hip for eight days to measure physical activity, rest and sleep.

Part 4: samples

Participants visit a nearby site to provide blood and urine samples. We may ask for stool or other samples to examine the microbiome.

Note: Children (or their parent) are asked to complete a shorter questionnaire, some physical measures and to wear an activity monitoring device on their wrist and/or hip for eight days.

What can I receive for participation?

By giving your time, you will help us learn about the health of Wisconsin residents. With this information, we can build programs to improve the health of Wisconsin communities in the future.

In addition you will receive:

  • Payment for your time dependent on study completion
  • Payment for your travel and childcare costs
  • Free health test results:
    • weight, height, blood pressure
  • Free blood test results, including:
    • cholesterol
    • glucose levels
    • hemoglobin
    • white blood cell counts

Contact us by:

Phone: 608-890-3840
Toll-free: 888-433-7469
Fax: 608-890-3844

Email: info@show.wisc.edu


Survey of the Health of Wisconsin
Medical Sciences Center, Room 1083
1300 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706

SHOW field staff measuring a child's height.