Want to stay healthy and live longer? Don’t be a racial or ethnic minority in Nebraska. Statistics show that African Americans, Native Americans and other minority populations in our state are more likely to suffer and die from things like heart disease, diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome. Experts say disparities in health care between whites and minorities have existed for many years. A recent Institute of Medicine report commissioned by Congress put them in the spotlight. It concluded that "racial and ethnic minorities receive a lower quality of health care than non-minorities," no matter where they live or how much money they have. The causes are numerous, complex, involve many participants in the health care system and in some cases are rooted in unintentional or intentional racism.