Take Action! Identify Existing Lung Cancer Activities

Begin by assessing the current lung cancer activities that are happening or will be happening in the state. This will give you a full picture of lung cancer activities and help to engage the right partners, ensure the right priorities, avoid redundancies, and identify opportunities to fill gaps.

Entities Likely to Be Working in Lung Cancer

The table below will help you to map out the stakeholders and organizations most likely to be working on lung cancer or related activities and what they are doing.

Who

  • State Health Department
  • Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

What to Look For

  • Lung cancer content in the state Comprehensive Cancer Control plan. Look for existing activities, priorities, and opportunities.
  • Tobacco control/smoking cessation and radon prevention activities

Where to Start

Who

  • Healthcare Systems and Providers

What to Look For

  • Lung cancer screening facilities and treatment facilities located in this state/region
  • Lung cancer trends (screening/treatment)

Where to Start

Who

  • Academic Research Centers/Researchers

What to Look For

  • Grant-funded projects related to lung cancer and related topics.
  • Researchers who focus on lung cancer and related topics.
  • Researchers who focus on population science and health disparities.

Where to Start

  • Use the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) to identify relevant research in your state.
  • Search PubMed.gov, for journal articles on lung cancer topics authored by faculty/researchers affiliated with an academic research center in your state.

Who

  • National or Local Nonprofits or Advocacy Organizations

What to Look For

  • State presence or state-level initiatives of national organizations
  • Local lung cancer nonprofits
  • Tobacco control non-profits/coalitions/advocacy groups

Where to Start

Who

  • State/Regional Medical Associations and Societies

What to Look For

  • Lung cancer initiatives being supported

Where to Start

  • Contact your state chair for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
  • Contact your state chapter of the American College of Radiology.

Who

  • Patients and Caregiver Groups

What to Look For

  • Understand what is important to the people impacted by lung cancer in the state

Where to Start

Tips and Troubleshooting

This section provides insights from coalition leaders on how to overcome common challenges related to assessing the landscape.

Common Challenge

Identifying all lung cancer initiatives

Insights

It’s okay to move on to the next task even if you think something is missing. You may discover more along the way.

Consider putting out communications – like newsletters or social media posts – that can reach initiatives and get them to come to you.

“We got stuck feeling like we couldn’t move forward unless we new every single initiative that was happening, but we realized it’s okay to move on to the next step. We know that we all identify more along the way.”

“Ask your resources, Who else do you recommend that I speak with about this? They know who is working in the lung cancer space and might identify sources you had not thought of.”

A Helpful Worksheet – PLACEHOLDER

Assess the Landscape of Existing Lung Cancer Activities

This worksheet (LINK) will help you to collect the information that you need to gather: