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SHOW is Ten Years Old!

Happy Birthday SHOW. This December the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), the only statewide health examination survey and research infrastructure of its kind, has been in the field for over ten years. Throughout this ten year period SHOW has collected data on over 5,400 adult and 800 children residents and built a state-of-the-art biorepository.

Unique elements of the SHOW program include a population-based sample, representative of state residents. Key findings include novel investigations of health disparities, neighborhood effects on sleep, mental health and physical activity. The program has also supported evaluation of numerous public health programs and policies, including impacts of the 2010 statewide smoking ban, opportunities to improve oral health care, opioid medication use, increased understanding of barriers to private well testing and radon exposure. We have supported numerous large scale public health projects including the current obesity prevention initiative as well. In addition, SHOW supports novel innovative translational health research. Increasingly faculty across numerous schools and departments have used the SHOW infrastructure to support cost-effective ancillary studies to guide intervention and prevention research including studies of the gut microbiome.

SHOW has also received NIH funding to support epigenetic and DNA sequencing on a subset of participants. This resource is now available to investigators throughout the School of Medicine and Public Health as well as other UW-Madison researchers interested in innovative biomedical research. SHOW aims to expand the use of this novel resource and generate new grant proposals. For more information regarding funds to support analytic work, please see the attached flyer or visit the SHOW website here.

Latino Community Health Pilot Study

This year the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is focusing on addressing persistent health disparities in urban minority and rural populations by partnering with community organizations to gather health information and data. One such partnership we started building in early 2018, and fostered by previous UW collaborations, is with leaders in the Latino population on the South Side of Milwaukee. SHOW is collaborating with the United Community Center (UCC) to identify specific health-related topics that will not only support innovative biomedical research, but also provide data to support community-based health promotion efforts. These efforts have supported translation of the SHOW survey. SHOW is collaborating with UCC to adapt SHOW’s standard health survey to fit the needs and interests of this particular community. Based on input from community focus groups and guidance from community leaders, SHOW and UCC have selected topics to focus on for the shortened the survey, and translated it into Spanish, and altered SHOW’s traditional recruitment strategy. UCC plans to provide community input, meeting space, and professional support as this study progresses.

Some of the other exciting changes include using bilingual and bicultural interviewers, guaranteeing providing interpreters at sample collection appointments, and offering open survey recruitment for the survey at UCC and various community events. SHOW has traditionally recruited members of randomly selected households to participate in the survey. For this pilot study, community leaders recommended finding an alternative to randomly knocking on doors due to fear and mistrust that may exist in the Latino community. Instead, interested individuals will sign up for the survey at our sponsored events. Up to 100 individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, and provide consent can participate in the survey.

This study exemplifies community driven research and collaboration. In addition to the close community partnerships with UCC, this study also draws upon our Masters in Public Health program. Through a project assistantship and MPH fieldwork, current MPH student, Allison Rodriguez has provided project coordination and support both in the field and administratively. SHOW has also relied on Community Outreach Specialist, Tara Jackson, to represent SHOW at community events, to provide feedback based on work in the field, and to form key partnerships in the Milwaukee area. Moving forward SHOW hopes to continue developing partnerships and collaboration both in the Milwaukee area and across the state. This study will begin in early 2019. Please see the SHOW website for more information on this exciting partnership.