- Determine the factors that most affect your coalition's vision for health
- Identify the most pressing issues
- Select issues to address that are manageable
- Arrange identified issues in order of importance
- Write a problem statement
Tools & Resources
- Sample Problem Statement
- Local Public Health System Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities MAPP Worksheet
- Example Essential Service Briefing Sheet
Prioritize & Focus
Identifying and understanding the key issues in your community is important for informing activities for your strategic plan. To prioritize the focus of your strategic plan, review your assessment data and opportunities to advance your coalition's vision. Then determine the urgency of addressing each issue and set achievable goals to help focus your activities.
To set priorities, determine which factors most affect your coalition's vision for health, the immediacy of identified issues, and identify a manageable number of issues to address.Once you've done taken those steps, arrange identified issues in order of importance.
Once you've determined your priorities, you should summarize them in a problem statement. The problem statement can be used to communicate data about the cancer problem to key stakeholders and help identify appropriate intervention strategies.
Your problem statement should paint a clear picture of the primary health concerns affecting the cancer burden in your community. It should provide a concise description of the community's long-term vision, the health problem to be addressed, the target population affected, socioecological determinants compounding the issue, key stakeholders involved, the historical context of the health problem, and opportunities/priorities for prevention.
- Which factors most affect the cancer burden in our community?
- What is the immediacy of these issues?
- Which issues are the most manageable to address?
- Which issues are most/least important?
- What has already been done before?
- What new territory can we cover?