Original ArticlesSustaining a Focus on Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Through Organizational Structures and FunctionsDean, Hazel D. ScD, MPH, FACE; Roberts, George W. PhD; Bouye, Karen E. PhD, MPH, MS; Green, Yvonne MSN, RN, CNM; McDonald, Marian DrPH, MPH, MAAuthor Information Office of the Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (Dr Dean), Office of the Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (Drs Roberts and Bouye and Ms Green), and Office of Health Disparities, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (Dr McDonald), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Hazel D. Dean, ScD, MPH, FACE, Office of the Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mail Address: 1600 Clifton Rd, NE, Mailstop E-07, Atlanta, GA 30333 (HDean@cdc.gov). The authors thank Sakina Jaffer, Tawanna Williams, and Nma Ohiaeri, for assistance with the literature search; Christopher Parker and Dara Murphy, for helpful comments on organizational structures and functions in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Ray Bingham, for editing assistance. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January/February 2016 - Volume 22 - Issue - p S60–S67 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000305 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief The public health infrastructure required for achieving health equity is multidimensional and complex. The infrastructure should be responsive to current and emerging priorities and capable of providing the foundation for developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating health initiatives. This article discusses these infrastructure requirements by examining how they are operationalized in the organizational infrastructure for promoting health equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, utilizing the nation's premier public health agency as a lens. Examples from the history of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in health equity from its centers, institute, and offices are provided to identify those structures and functions that are critical to achieving health equity. Challenges and facilitators to sustaining a health equity organizational infrastructure, as gleaned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's experience, are noted. Finally, we provide additional considerations for expanding and sustaining a health equity infrastructure, which the authors hope will serve as “food for thought” for practitioners in state, tribal, or local health departments, community-based organizations, or nongovernmental organizations striving to create or maintain an impactful infrastructure to achieve health equity. This article offers an historical overview, as well as discussion and additional considerations, of organizational factors that contribute to an effective and robust health equity infrastructure. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.