REALD is a type of demographic information, like age, marital status, employment and more. REALD stands for race, ethnicity, and language, disability.
In 2020, the Oregon legislature passed a law that requires health care providers to collect REALD information at health care encounters related to COVID-19. Why?
This requirement helps the state understand which communities are most impacted by COVID-19, so they can get more funding and services. For example, if we learn that one group of people has more COVID-19 cases than other groups, we can make sure that group gets more testing and resources like masks.