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Collecting REALD


The Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention (ACDP) section works to identify how we promote equal opportunity to achieve the highest attainable level of health for all populations. The purpose of this page is to provide guidance on Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Disability (REALD) as it relates to our communicable disease system, Orpheus.

REALD is located in the person record in Orpheus. The REALD questions are required to be asked by the case investigator or epidemiologist investigating the case. Guidance on how to ask the questions can be found in the resources section of this page.


Why We Ask

REALD data collection and reporting requirements helps the state understand which communities are most impacted by communicable disease, so the communities can get more funding and services. For example, if we learn that there is a higher burden of disease within one group, we can work to ensure that group gets more testing, funding, and resources.