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Water Street neighborhood part of statewide health study

RELEASED: Feb. 22, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and others who live in the Water Street area will be invited in March to participate in a research project designed to measure the health of people who live in Wisconsin.

Researchers from UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health will be in Eau Claire the first week of March to visit residents who live in the Water Street area.

Every year, those involved in the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin meet with Wisconsin residents in neighborhoods all over the state to measure their health. Several of the selected neighborhoods fall in Eau Claire this year. Researchers will gather information in Eau Claire in early March and then again later in the year.

SHOW surveyors will knock on the doors of randomly selected households throughout the state to complete a multi-step in-person health survey.

SHOW combines personal interviews, laboratory tests, physical measurements, and community environmental measurements to gather information on Wisconsinites' health. The information that SHOW compiles will be made available to researchers who are interested in Wisconsin's public health issues.

In order for SHOW's health measurements to be truly representative of Wisconsin's population, the survey randomly selects households from throughout the state. Roughly 1,200 households from neighborhoods in Wisconsin are invited to participate each year.

"SHOW aims to present a picture of health of the people in Wisconsin," said Dr. F. Javier Nieto of UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health and director of SHOW. "Our vision is that the information that SHOW collects through the years will play an important role in monitoring the health of the people of Wisconsin, and in guiding planning of community and statewide health services."

Eau Claire study participants will be interviewed in their homes, have some brief physical measurements taken, and give blood and urine samples at SHOW's specially designed Mobile Survey Center, which will travel the state to easily reach participants. All the individual information collected by SHOW will be kept confidential.

"SHOW will immediately provide us with current health and prospective clinical information never before available in Wisconsin," said Dr. Henry Anderson, chief medical officer for the state Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Division of Public Health. "The results of this survey and clinical examinations will measure the current health status of all Wisconsin residents. This survey will make us more equipped than ever before to develop initiatives to help make Wisconsin healthier than ever."

The SHOW research project is modeled after the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which has provided key health information about the nation's health for more than 40 years. With the launch of SHOW, Wisconsin will be the first state to monitor the health of its residents with a survey of this magnitude. Using NHANES as a guide, SHOW is specially designed for the Wisconsin population by including regionally important health measures, such as local environment assessments and Great Lakes fish consumption.

SHOW is one of a number of projects supported by the Wisconsin Partnership for a Healthy Future, which represents a far-reaching commitment by UW School of Medicine and Public Health to greatly improve the health of people in Wisconsin for years to come.

For details, contact Phoebe Frenette 608-821-1248 or pfrenette@show.wisc.edu.

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