Public health researchers are working in the towns of Iola and Harrison to gather information about community health issues.
The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, SHOW, has been gathering health information since 2008. They are building a database of information for researchers and community planners to use when looking for ways to combat health problems in Wisconsin.
Dr. F. Javier Nieto, director of SHOW, said “The information SHOW collects through the years will play an important role in monitoring the health of Wisconsin people, and in guiding community and statewide health services.”
In 2012 SHOW researchers will visit 84 neighborhoods around the state collecting information from rural, suburban and urban areas. Information is also collected to represent each area of Wisconsin across the seasons so that the survey looks at the ways weather and temperature affect diet and activity levels.
The results will be used by state and county officials as they make decisions regarding public health programs.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and by the Partnership for a Healthy Future, SHOW is a research project of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.