Phase II – Strategy and Planning
Step 3 – Establish Priorities

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 priorities of 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?
  • What are the existing lung-cancer-related goals and objectives in your state’s cancer plan?

Establish Priorities Worksheet

NLCRT Priorities and Relevant Resources

Consider the existing priorities of the NLCRT listed below. The Resources column lists some tools and resources that can help to inform your chosen priorities.

Priority Area

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


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

  • Stigma: Towards people at risk or with lung cancer
  • Treatment: Access, biomarker testing, financial toxicity/cost of care
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network: Improving Access to Biomarker Testing. A report that explores the current landscape of cancer biomarker testing, describes the challenges that are limiting its adoption and makes recommendations for increasing the uptake of testing and advancing the use of precision medicine in cancer.

  • Survivorship

  • Shared Decision-Making

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


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! Their organizational priorities and capacity for involvement may change over time.

  • Critical data is not available

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

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

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

Establish Lung Cancer Priorities Worksheet

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