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PHS Monday Seminar- Kristin Malecki, PhD, MPH: “The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW): Opportunities for research and collaboration”

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Associate Professor,
Department of Population Health Sciences,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) program began collecting data among Wisconsin residents in 2008. Since that time, the infrastructure has grown to include two phases of cross-sectional representative samples of the state, and longitudinal follow-up of select participants. This presentation will focus on the methods and resources necessary to conduct such a project, a brief overview of some of the numerous research findings to date and opportunities for student, practitioner and research collaborations at UW Madison and beyond.


  • The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is an infrastructure for population-based health research and applied public health. The overarching goals are to improve health in the state through tracking health priorities and supporting innovative translational research through rigorous observational epidemiologic investigations. Including health equity research.
  • Data and biospecimens are made available to support a host of investigator-driven interdisciplinary ancillary studies, including NIH funded multi-omics research, microbiome, dissemination and implementation, and public health research.
  • The current cohort consists of 6,204 participants with data gathered between 2008 and 2017. The sample includes a pooled statewide representative sample of 5,337 adults. Data on 867 children enrolled between 20014-2017 are also available.
  • SHOW includes a household interview, physical exam, and biological sample collection. The database includes a breadth of objective and subjective data following a social determinants of health framework linked to an extensive biorepository. Numerous data linkages are also possible with administrative electronic records and geocoded data.
  • Ongoing community based collaborations have supported a modified sampling frame and increased recruitment of under-represented minority populations.
  • Future directions include additional focused recruitment among under-represented populations and continued 5-10 year follow-up.

Kristen Malecki CV


September 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Rosalind Bendix-Lewis
608 265 0516