Oregon Racial and Ethnic Data
The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is a leader and catalyst for promoting equitable health and human services for communities of color, Indian tribal governments, and other multicultural groups through research, education and the promotion of community partnerships. Demographic data and research are some of the most important tools OEI has for determining what work needs to be done and what progress is being made in improving equitable outcomes.
State of Equity Report
Phase 1 State of Equity Report
The State of Equity report is intended to be an online living document regularly updated and expanded through ongoing research and the evaluation of data. Its purpose is to illuminate the effect of Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority practices on the diverse racial and ethnic populations served by the agencies' programs. The report is a description of outcomes for racial and ethnic populations based on the need for DHS and OHA services and programs. Outcomes include access to and utilization of services and programs, customer service quality and the long-term effects of accessing services and programs viewed through the lens of race and ethnicity in Oregon.
The information in this report will be used for policy and program development and as a baseline to measure the agencies' progress toward eliminating disparities.
To provide context for the State of Equity report and to better understand the population characteristics and potential needs of DHS and OHA clients the OEI explored the availability of demographic data for communities of color in Oregon. In addition, a racial and ethnic diversity map of the state was created to reflect how diversity varies by geography.
Census data on communities of color in Oregon (Demographic data).
Maps of the geographic distribution of communities of color in Oregon (Local Diversity).
The second phase of work on the State of Equity project began in January 2011. OEI is working with each program and division of DHS and OHA to compile a list of the most meaningful indicators related to the need for services and programs, access to services and programs, customer service quality and related outcomes. Each division has selected indicators to track and report across race and ethnicity and will calculate the indicators using the most current data available as a baseline. Implementation of improved data gathering processes has begun. These indicators will be compiled, analyzed and released in a phase 2 report expected June 2012.