Take Action! Gather Data to Inform Priorities

Focus on priorities informed by the evidence available to you. Depending on your state, you may find that there is a wide range of priorities important to your partners. In some cases, good data may be hard to find, but use the following questions and sources for data to guide your priority setting:

  • What does state data say about lung cancer needs and priorities? (Use the data here to help answer this question.)
  • What are the active lung cancer initiatives in your state?
  • What are the gaps or needs that these initiatives aren’t filling or meeting?
  • What are the strengths and priorities of your coalition partners?
  • What are the health equity priorities that are critical to include?

NLCRT Priorities and Relevant Resources

Priority Area

  • Risk Reduction: Smoking cessation, vaping, tobacco treatment, radon testing/mitigation, second-hand smoke

Resources

Priority Area

  • Early Detection/LDCT Screening: Access to services, healthcare provider awareness, public awareness, primary care engagement

Priority Area

  • Stigma: Towards people at risk or with lung cancer

Resources

Priority Area

  • Treatment: Access, biomarker testing, financial toxicity/cost of care

Resources

Priority Area

  • Shared Decision-Making: In lung cancer screening and in lung cancer treatment

Resources

Tips and Troubleshooting

This section provides insights from coalition leaders on how to overcome common challenges related to establishing priorities.

Common Challenge

Competing Priorities or Too Many Priorities

Insights

Use a data-driven approach to determine which priorities have the greatest chance of short, intermediate, and long-term success.

Map out the feasibility of each priority and prioritize based on feasibility.

Accept that some partners may not be interested in continuing if their priority is not a focus. Stay in contact and welcome them back if capacity allows their priority to be a focus.

Common Challenge

Critical data is not available

Insights

If enough data does not exist to make an informed decision, consider including a data collection activity in your plan.

Common Challenge

Partners relevant to the priorities are not engaged or cannot dedicate time

Insights

Consider the resources available during the selection of program priorities. For example, if no clinicians or patient navigators are currently engaged, a clinical intervention will be difficult to implement.

A Helpful Worksheet – PLACEHOLDER

Establish Lung Cancer Priorities Worksheet

This worksheet (LINK) will help you to define priorities and connect them with supportive evidence and partners who have a similar focus or interest.