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PHS Monday Seminar: Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH: “Introduction and Updates from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: An Infrastructure for Population Health Sciences at UW Madison”

September 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Director, The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)
Director, The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) 
Associate Professor
Department of Population Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin- Madison


Goals of the Presentation: The SHOW cohort is available for applied public health, research and education. The goals of this presentation will be to highlight key findings and discuss plans for students and faculty to get involved. Future plans for continued longitudinal follow-up and ancillary studies including genetic, multi-omic and translational environmental health, aging, microbiome and COVID-19 research will also be discussed.

Purpose: The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) was established in 2008 by the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) with the goals of 1) providing a timely and accurate picture of the health of the state residents; and 2) serving as an agile resource infrastructure for ancillary studies. Today SHOW continues to serve as a vital population health research infrastructure.

Participants: SHOW currently includes 5,846 adult and 980 minor participants recruited between 2008-2019 in four primary waves. WAVE I (2008-2013) includes annual statewide representative samples of 3,380 adults ages 21 to 74 years. WAVE II (2014-2016) is a triannual statewide sample of 1957 adults (age ≥18 years) and 645 children. WAVE III (2017) consists of follow-up of 725 adults from the WAVE I and baseline surveys of 222 children in selected households. WAVEs II and III include stool samples collected as part of an ancillary study in a subset of 784 individuals. WAVE IV consist of 517 adults and 113 children recruited from traditionally under-represented populations in biomedical research including African Americans and Hispanics in Milwaukee county, WI.

Findings to Date: The SHOW provides extensive data to examine the intersectionality of multiple social determinants and population health. SHOW includes a large biorepository and extensive health data collected in a geographically diverse urban and rural population. Over 60 studies have been published covering a broad range of topics including, urban and rural disparities in cardio-metabolic disease and cancer, objective physical activity, sleep, green-space and mental health, transcriptomics, the gut microbiome, antibiotic resistance, air pollution, concentrated animal feeding operations and heavy metal exposures.

View Dr. Malecki’s CV here. 


September 13, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Health Sciences Learning Center Room 1248, Zoom Option available
750 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI United States