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New Mexico Cancer Plan:

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1 Increase Healthy Behaviors and Improve Health Status

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Objective 1.1 ﹥ Increase Physical Activity
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of adults who achieved recommended physical activity (achieved 150 minutes or more of aerobic physical activity per week) 54.0% (2017) 55.6%
Percent of high school students who reported being physically active at least 5 out of 7 days for at least 60 minutes 51.2% (2017) 52.7%
Percent of middle school students who reported being physically active 5 days per week 60.7% (2017) 62.5%

Strategies

  • Support healthy community design initiatives, such as increasing opportunities for physical activity, to make it easier for people to live healthy lives
  • Promote shared-use policies and agreements between schools, communities, parks and recreation, state and local governments and other groups to increase physical activity opportunities in the community
  • Support worksites in developing policies and programs to promote healthy behaviors
Objective 1.2 ﹥ Increase Access to Healthy Food
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of adults who reported consuming 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day 16.4% (2017) 16.9%
Percent of high school students who ate vegetables 3 or more times a day 17.8% (2017) 18.3%
Percent of high school students who consumed three or more servings of fruits per day, excluding fruit juice 11.7% (2017) 12.1%

Strategies

  • Support healthy community design initiatives, such as increasing opportunities for access to healthy foods, to make it easier for people to live healthy lives
  • Support worksites in developing policies and programs to promote healthy behaviors
Objective 1.3 ﹥ Promote Healthier Weight
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of NM adults with a normal BMI categorical rating 30.5% (2018) Maintain 30.5%
Percent of high school students who are a healthy weight/have a healthy BMI 64.7% (2017) Maintain 64.7%

Strategies

  • Support healthy community design initiatives, such as increasing opportunities for access to healthy foods, to make it easier for people to live healthy lives
  • Support worksites in developing policies and programs to promote healthy behaviors
Objective 1.4 ﹥ Decrease the Proportion of Adults Exceeding Dietary Guidelines for Moderate Drinking
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of men in New Mexico age 21+ exceeding dietary guidelines for moderate drinking 36.7% (2018) 35.6%
Percent of women in New Mexico age 21+ exceeding dietary guidelines for moderate drinking 27.9% (2018) 27.1%

Strategies

  • Support efforts to educate the public on cancer risk related to alcohol use
  • Support an increased purchase price of alcohol
  • Promote healthcare provider awareness and use of alcohol screening and brief behavioral counseling interventions to facilitate delivery of personalized feedback about risks and consequences of excessive drinking
Objective 1.5 ﹥ Decrease Overexposure to Sun and Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
NM Cancer Council will explore data source options and determine baseline and target measures TBD* TBD*
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Support communitywide interventions to prevent skin cancer
  • Support education about minimizing exposure to ultraviolet radiation to reduce risk for skin cancer
  • Increase education to promote awareness among the public and healthcare professionals about the risk of melanoma associated with UV exposure from the use of tanning bed and booths
  • Support policy changes that influence UV protective behaviors
Objective 1.6 ﹥ Increase HPV and Hepatitis B Vaccinations
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of male adolescents ages 13-17 who are up to date* with HPV vaccination 55.6% (2018) 80.0%
Percent of female adolescents ages 13-17 who are up to date* with HPV vaccination 58.4% (2018) 80.0%
Achieve and maintain an effective coverage level of a birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine 0 to 3 days between birth date and date of vaccination, reported by annual birth cohort 71.7% (2017) 85.0%

Strategies

  • Educate healthcare providers about current immunization practices and recommendations regarding HPV vaccination
  • Encourage healthcare providers to utilize client reminder/recall systems for vaccinations
  • Support public awareness and education campaigns targeted to parents, adolescents and populations most at risk for HPV infection regarding the link between HPV and cancer
  • Support school-based clinics that offer the HPV vaccine
Objective 1.7 ﹥ Decrease Chronic Cases of Hepatitis C
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of chronic cases of hepatitis C in New Mexico TBD* TBD*
Achieve and maintain an effective coverage level of a birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine 0 to 3 days between birth date and date of vaccination, reported by annual birth cohort 71.7% (2017) 85.0%

Strategies

  • Promote evidence-based harm reduction through syringe exchange service programs
  • Promote safer healthcare practices to reduce exposure of patients and healthcare workers to hepatitis viruses
  • Support the implementation of standing provider orders for hepatitis C testing of adults born 1945-1965 and those considered high risk
  • Support access to treatment of hepatitis C

Goal 2 Reduce Initiation and Use of Tobacco Products

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Objective 2.1 ﹥ Decrease Tobacco Product Use
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Current adult, 18+, smokeless tobacco user prevalence 4.5% (2018) 3.0%
Current adult, 18+, cigarette smoking prevalence 15.2% (2018) 14.0%
Current high school youth, grades 9-12, tobacco use (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, hookah or e-cigarettes) 32.7% (2017) 28.0%
Current high school, grades 9-12, youth cigarette smoking prevalence 10.6% (2017) 8.0%

Strategies

  • Support the development and enforcement of laws prohibiting the sale and restricting the marketing of tobacco products to minors
  • Promote education of youth and young adults on the risks of all tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes
  • Support increasing taxes on tobacco products to increase the purchase price
  • Support community outreach and educational programs to reduce all forms of tobacco use
Objective 2.2 ﹥ Decrease Exposure to Secondhand Smoke from Tobacco Products
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of nonsmoking adults exposed to secondhand smoke living in multiunit housing 39.0%  (2018) 30.0%
Percent of youth exposed to secondhand smoke indoors in the past week 34.2% (2017) 30.0%

Strategies

  • Support the development, implementation, monitoring and expansion of policies that protect New Mexicans from secondhand smoke in homes, vehicles, outdoor public places, workplaces and multiunit housing
  • Support enforcement of state and local clean indoor air policies
  • Support the modernization of clean indoor air policies to include e-cigarettes
Objective 2.3 ﹥ Increase Quit Attempts Among Tobacco Product Users
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of adults who attempted cessation in the past 12 months  55.7% (2017) 60.0%
Percent of QUIT NOW enrollees who successfully quit using tobacco by their 7-month follow-up 32.0% (2017) 34.0%

Strategies

  • Support expanded access to and use of evidence-based tobacco cessation services
  • Support media campaigns with cessation messages to reach populations disproportionately impacted by tobacco use
  • Support the standardized use of screening for tobacco use and referral to evidence-based interventions within healthcare settings

Goal 3  Decrease Environmental Factors That Lead to Cancer

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Objective 3.1 ﹥ Support Education and Enhanced Community Infrastructure to Decrease Exposure to Radon
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target

Number of times the radon information page on the NMDOH  website was accessed

162 page views  (2019) Maintain 162 page views per year

Strategies

  • Support efforts to educate the New Mexico public, homeowners, building owners, sellers, realtors and policymakers about lung cancer risk from radon and the benefits of radon testing and implementing radon-resistant features in new construction
  • Promote environmental equity through radon testing and mitigation programs and outreach efforts within underresourced communities
  • Educate the public on secondhand smoke combined with radon as an increased cancer risk
Objective 3.2 ﹥ Increase Testing for Concentration of Arsenic in Private Well Water
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of water samples tested for arsenic at free state-run private well testing events 0.0% (2018) 50.0%

Strategies

  • Support efforts to collect, analyze and apply data related to drinking water quality, arsenic exposure and health outcomes potentially related to arsenic exposure
  • Support enhanced accessibility to services designed to increase water testing
  • Promote educational efforts for private well owners about preventing excessive arsenic exposure

Goal 4 Decrease Mortality from Screenable Cancers

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Objective 4.1 ﹥ Promote Adherence to Evidence-Based Screening and Early Detection Recommendations and the Adoption of Best Practices
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of adults ages 50-75 years who are current with colorectal cancer screening recommendations 66.8% (2018) 70.5%
Percent of women ages 21-65 who have had a Pap test within the past 3 years 76.8% (2018) Maintain 76.8%
Percent of women ages 50-74 years who have had a mammogram within the past 2 years 71.7% (2018) Maintain 71.7%

Strategies

  • Support education of primary care providers and the general public on the importance of adhering to nationally recognized screening recommendations
  • Support health systems and healthcare providers to implement policies, system changes and evidence-based interventions to improve quality and performance measures for screening, tracking and follow-up
  • Ensure receipt of screening results and appropriate follow-up care for abnormalities identified
  • Build relationships with advocates who can facilitate enrollment in public and private healthcare coverage and educate Medicaid-eligible New Mexicans about covered preventive services
  • Partner with community-based organizations and rural hospitals to reduce barriers (i.e., financial, cultural, structural, regional) to obtain cancer screening services or follow-up diagnostic services
  • Collaborate with insurers and payers to implement evidence-based interventions to increase uptake of evidence-based screening interventions, especially for newly insured members who are rarely or never screened
  • Support implementation of evidence-based practices through engagement of patient navigators, community health workers and community health representatives to conduct one-on-one education to overcome barriers to screening
  • Support the development and utilization of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for early detection of screenable cancers
Objective 4.2 ﹥ Increase the Adoption of Informed Decision-Making for Screenable Cancers
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
NM Cancer Council will explore data source options and determine baseline and target measures TBD* TBD*
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Offer tools such as decision-making guides and risk-assessment tools to primary care providers to engage patients in making informed decisions about cancer screening
  • Modify performance measures for cancer screening such that patients who elect not to participate in screening after completing an informed decision-making process are not included in calculations of referral and completion rates
  • Promote efforts to educate patients to know their cancer family history and discuss this history with their healthcare provider when making cancer screening decisions
  • Support efforts to connect patients at increased risk for hereditary cancer to appropriate resources for counseling on genetic testing options
  • Promote the use of nationally recognized surveillance and screening recommendations for high-risk populations including patients with a personal history of cancer or other chronic diseases
  • Support community health workers, community health representatives, patient navigators and other partners in providing education about the possible harms and benefits of cancer screening
  • Support the development and utilization of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials about informed decision-making
Objective 4.3 ﹥ Increase Use of Data to Identify Cancer Disparities in New Mexico
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of views of cancer indicator reports on the New Mexico Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS) website 2,359 (2019) Maintain 2,359
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Increase partnerships with organizations to encourage the distribution and utilization of current data to identify focus areas for targeted efforts to reduce cancer inequities in New Mexico
  • Increase awareness about cancer health disparities by regularly distributing cancer statistics comparing different demographic groups
  • Utilize data to leverage funding that supports local and targeted efforts to increase screening in regions/counties that have the lowest screening rates in New Mexico
  • Utilize data to leverage resources to increase access to follow-up diagnostic and treatment services
Objective 4.4 ﹥ Focused Outreach on the Importance of Early Detection to Decrease Advanced Diagnosis of Screenable Cancers
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Creation of a cancer specialty track for New Mexico Department of Health Community Health Worker Certification program 0 (2019) One cancer specialty track
Number of Certified Community Health Workers trained in the cancer specialty track 0 (2019) TBD*
Number of educational initiatives in community settings to promote evidence-based screening TBD* TBD*
Number of worksite wellness initiatives focusing on screenable cancers TBD* TBD*

Strategies

  • Support community health workers and community health representatives in providing education in rural and other underserved communities on the importance of early detection
  • Promote the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and tailored messages for education in populations with the highest rates of late-stage diagnoses
  • Promote cancer specialty track training to community health workers
  • Promote cancer screening in community settings (e.g., community centers and places of worship)
  • Promote worksite wellness policies that support evidence-based, employer-driven interventions in collaboration with health plans and payers to increase screening rates for employees and their families

Goal 5  Ensure Consistent Access to High-Quality Diagnostic and Treatment Services

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Objective 5.1 ﹥ Improve Access to Cancer Care
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of adults 18 years of age and older who were unable to get medical care due to cost 13.0% (2018) Maintain rate below pre-Affordable Care Act level – 18.1% (2013)
Percent of uninsured New Mexicans ages 18-64 13.4% (2017) Maintain rate at or below post-Affordable Care Act levels – 16.5% (2015)
Number of transportation service providers listed in the  New Mexico Cancer Support and Treatment Directory Albuquerque Area – 13

Outside of Albuquerque
Area – 6 (2019)

Albuquerque Area – 15

Outside of Albuquerque Area – 7

Number of Project ECHO cancer care programs available to New Mexico healthcare providers 27 (2019)  28

Strategies

  • Engage patient navigators and care coordinators to assist patients in overcoming barriers to care
  • Support educating decision-makers regarding barriers to obtaining health plan coverage, including pharmacy benefits to access treatment services
  • Support efforts to understand and address clinical barriers to care (e.g., lack of cancer specialists, patient health literacy and technology)
  • Support efforts to understand and address nonmedical barriers to care (e.g., transportation, language and interpretation services, financial, geographic, cultural, and self-advocacy and education)
  • Collaborate with insurers to address coverage gaps that lead to disparities in cancer care
  • Promote access to affordable targeted therapies for individuals whose cancer treatment may benefit from them
  • Promote health coverage options, including those available via the Be Well New Mexico website (bewellnm.com)
  • Utilize data to leverage resources to increase access to follow-up diagnostic and treatment services
Objective 5.2 ﹥ Promote Informed Decision-Making About Cancer Treatment
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of cancer treatment facilities providing patient navigation services listed in the New Mexico Cancer Support and Treatment Directory 16 (2019) Maintain 16

Strategies

  • Support patient navigation processes to educate patients and caregivers on the importance of making informed decisions related to the impact of cancer treatment, including financial burden, preservation of fertility and long-term effects
  • Support the development and distribution of materials that follow health literacy standards for patients in order to promote informed decision-making regarding cancer treatment
  • Support the development and utilization of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials about informed decision-making related to cancer treatment

Goal 6  Increase Awareness of and Access to High-Quality Cancer Clinical Trials

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Objective 6.1 ﹥ Promote Education About Cancer Clinical Trials Among Patients, Caregivers and Providers
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of annual education initiatives about cancer clinical trials for providers, patients and caregivers TBD* TBD*
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Support creation and distribution of patient- and caregiver-focused educational materials on clinical trials
  • Collaborate with organizations currently using educational resources to help patients, caregivers and healthcare providers make informed decisions regarding clinical trials
  • Support healthcare provider-focused educational training on available clinical trials and ways to improve provider/patient communication about clinical trials
  • Support and participate in community events intended to increase awareness about cancer clinical research
  • Support processes to systematically inform and encourage newly diagnosed patients and caregivers about the availability of clinical trials as a potential component of treatment planning
Objective 6.2 ﹥ Sustain or Increase the Availability and Utilization of Cancer Clinical Trials by Rural and Other Underserved Populations
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of clinical trial sites in New Mexico open through the NMCCA, as listed on NMCCA website database 393 (2018) Maintain 393
Percent of adults who have been diagnosed with cancer that participated in a clinical trial 7.7% (2010) Maintain 7.7%

Strategies

  • Support increasing referrals for participation in clinical trials by patients from rural and underserved areas of the state
  • Build trust between healthcare providers and underserved populations by educating providers on the history of clinical trials within these communities
  • Support the development and utilization of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials about clinical trials

Goal 7 Improve Quality of Life for All New Mexicans Facing Cancer

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Objective 7.1 ﹥ Address Financial Barriers for Individuals Receiving Cancer Treatment
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Cancer survivors, excluding those diagnosed with skin cancer, who were unable to get medical care in the last 12 months due to cost** 12.7% (2018) Maintain rate below pre-Affordable Care Act levels 18.0% (2013)
Percent of adults ages 18-64 years who do not have any form of healthcare coverage 13.4% (2017) Maintain rate at or below post-Affordable Care Act levels 16.5% (2015)
Number of organizations in New Mexico Cancer Support and Treatment Directory who offer financial assistance 22 Total; 13 outside of Albuquerque metro area (2019) Maintain 22
** Nonmelanoma skin cancer is routinely excluded from studies on cancer survivors because it is relatively common and usually nonfatal. Because it was not possible to distinguish between melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers in the 2018 BRFSS data, all skin cancers were excluded from the analysis.

Strategies

  • Encourage cancer care facilities to provide financial education and assistance onsite or by referral
  • Support efforts to educate New Mexicans on healthcare benefits, coverage and enrollment
  • Support efforts to educate and connect uninsured New Mexicans with resources to access quality cancer treatment and address basic needs
  • Engage clinical and community-based patient navigators, financial counselors, community health workers, community health representatives and promotoras to assist patients with overcoming financial barriers
  • Promote efforts to inform decision-makers (e.g., legislators, policymakers) about financial
  • Barriers and potential solutions to accessing treatment services
Objective 7.2 ﹥ Promote Understanding of the Benefits of Early Palliative Care
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of annual educational initiatives for healthcare providers  0 (2019) 1
Number of annual educational initiatives for patients, family members and caregivers 2 (2019) Maintain 2

Strategies

  • Create and distribute educational materials for consumers and providers
  • Implement education and outreach to increase consumer and provider awareness and understanding of palliative care
  • Conduct educational initiatives with healthcare providers
Objective 7.3 ﹥ Improve Access to and Utilization of Palliative Care at Time of Diagnosis and Throughout the Cancer Continuum
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of hospitals in New Mexico with 0-49 beds that offer a palliative care program 2 of 13 (2015)** Maintain 2 of 13
Number of hospitals in New Mexico with 50-150 beds that offer a palliative care program 5 of 9 (2015)** 6 of 9
Number of hospitals in New Mexico with 151-300 beds that offer a palliative care program 1 of 3 (2015)** Maintain 1 of 3
Number of hospitals in New Mexico with 300+ beds that offer a palliative care program 2 of 2 (2015)** Maintain 2 of 2
Number of outpatient treatment centers offering palliative care services Maintain 2 of 2 Maintain 2 of 2
Percent of cancer survivors who report that they are currently experiencing inadequately controlled pain caused by their cancer and/or cancer treatment 3.0% (2010) <3.0%
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.
** Indicates hospitals with an established/identified palliative care program.

Strategies

  • Support the identification of barriers to accessing palliative care at diagnosis and early stages of disease
  • Support advocacy efforts to improve affordable access to and utilization of palliative care
  • Support the development of best practice models for patient referral to palliative care through partnerships with cancer care facilities statewide
  • Preserve access to pain management medications
Objective 7.4 ﹥ Improve Emotional Well-Being Among Cancer Patients and Survivors
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of cancer survivors, excluding those diagnosed with skin cancer, who report frequent (14 or more days per month) bad mental health** 15.0% (2018) Maintain rate at or below 18.3%*

* Due to the relatively small number of cancer survivors in the sample, the annual estimates for this measure vary from year to year, so the target was set to the average value over the most recent five-year time period (2014-2018) to specify at least maintenance of this average.

** Nonmelanoma skin cancer is routinely excluded from studies on cancer survivors because it is relatively common and usually nonfatal. Because it was not possible to distinguish between melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers in the 2018 BRFSS data, all skin cancers were excluded from the analysis.

Strategies

  • Support efforts to improve access to psychosocial support and behavioral health services, including telehealth
  • Promote nationally recognized interventions, provided in and outside clinical settings, to improve mental and emotional health (e.g., yoga, meditation, art therapy, peer mentorship and support programs)
  • Support education for employers, healthcare providers and community groups about the behavioral health needs of cancer survivors and their loved ones and resources available to support them
  • Encourage the use of nationally recognized guidelines and screening tools for patients, at pivotal points of care, for addressing symptom control, pain management and psychosocial distress assessments where appropriate
  • Promote increased utilization of the consolidated statewide cancer resource directory
Objective 7.5 ﹥ Improve Physical Well-Being Among Cancer Patients and Survivors
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Percent of cancer survivors, excluding those diagnosed with skin cancer, who report frequent (14 or more days per month) bad physical health** 30.3% (2018) Maintain rate at or below 29.4%*
Percent of cancer survivors, excluding those diagnosed with skin cancer, who are current smokers** 12.6% (2018) 12.2%
Percent of cancer survivors, excluding those diagnosed with skin cancer, who have a normal categorical BMI rating** 36.0% (2018) Maintain 36.0%
Percent of cancer survivors, excluding those diagnosed with skin cancer, who meet the 150+ minutes (or vigorous equivalent minutes) of physical activity recommendations** 49.7% (2017) 51.2%

* Due to the relatively small number of cancer survivors in the sample, the annual estimates for this measure vary from year to year, so the target was set to the average value over the most recent five-year time period (2014-2018) to specify at least maintenance of this average.

** Nonmelanoma skin cancer is routinely excluded from studies on cancer survivors because it is relatively common and usually nonfatal. Because it was not possible to distinguish between melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers in the 2018 BRFSS data, all skin cancers were excluded from the analysis.

Strategies

  • Promote healthcare coverage of supportive services for cancer survivors
  • Support efforts to educate cancer patients and survivors on ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle to decrease the risk of cancer recurrence, side effects and reduce long-term effects from treatment
  • Support efforts to educate employers and providers on the physical needs of cancer patients and survivors
Objective 7.6 ﹥ Improve Access to Hospice and End-of-Life Care
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of New Mexico counties with at least 1 hospice provider 24 (2018)* Maintain 24
Average number of days cancer patients spend on hospice in New Mexico in comparison to U.S. average

NM = TBD* 
U.S. = 46 (2017)

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* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Support education and outreach efforts to increase awareness and understanding of hospice and end-of-life care, including options and benefits
  • Support advocacy efforts to improve early access to and utilization of hospice and end-of-life care
  • Support the development of best practice models for patient referral to on-site or community-based hospice and end-of-life care using multidisciplinary care approaches

Goal 8 Improve Survivorship Care Planning Services

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Objective 8.1 ﹥ Promote Survivorship Care Planning for People Diagnosed with Cancer
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of educational initiatives for people with cancer and their families/caregivers regarding survivorship care planning TBD* TBD*
Number of education initiatives for providers regarding survivorship care planning TBD* TBD*
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Promote efforts to activate and empower survivors at the time of diagnosis to participate in their treatment decisions and acknowledge that patient choices are based on individual needs and preferences
  • Support dissemination of survivor and caregiver materials regarding the importance of follow-up care, patient empowerment and following care recommendations
  • Promote efforts to assess barriers to survivorship/surveillance follow-up care across the survivorship continuum
Objective 8.2 ﹥ Increase Survivorship Care Planning for Newly Diagnosed and Long-Term Cancer Survivors
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of Commission on Cancer (CoC) or National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accredited facilities that meet or exceed CoC survivor care plan delivery rate requirement TBD* TBD*
Number of initiatives to educate oncology providers on the development and/or delivery of survivorship care plans TBD* TBD*
Percent of cancer survivors who report receiving a written summary of all cancer treatments they received 44.0% (2010) 50.0%
Percent of cancer survivors who report having received written instructions from a healthcare provider regarding routine checkups after completing cancer treatment 51.0% (2010) 60.0%
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Encourage initiation of proactive survivorship care planning at the time of diagnosis, the time at which a patient is considered a survivor
  • Support education of newly diagnosed and long-term survivors, healthcare providers and healthcare organizations about the benefits of survivorship care plans
  • Support advocacy efforts to reimburse costs associated with development and provision of survivorship care plans
  • Promote continuing education opportunities for healthcare providers about late and long-term effects associated with cancer treatment, development of survivorship care plans and potential barriers to care plan implementation
  • Promote efforts to inform decision-makers (e.g., legislators, policymakers, insurance companies) about the importance of payments to providers for the development of survivorship care plans
  • Promote the adoption of survivorship care plan utilization and delivery in Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers’ accredited and non-accredited cancer treatment facilities
Objective 8.3 ﹥ Increase Adherence to Nationally Recognized Follow-Up Care Guidelines
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of initiatives supporting educating primary care physicians on the utilization of survivorship care plans to promote optimal care TBD* TBD*
Number of initiatives to educate oncology providers on the development and/or delivery of survivorship care plans TBD* TBD*
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Support provision of resources and training for oncology providers to ensure adherence to nationally recognized best practice guidelines for development and delivery of survivorship care plans
  • Support education for primary care providers regarding the use of survivorship care plans with their patients
  • Support efforts to provide survivors with information from evidence-based practice guidelines on an expected course of treatment, appropriate surveillance and recommended follow-up care guidelines

Goal 9  Enhance Patient Navigation Across the Cancer Care Continuum

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Objective 9.1 ﹥ Promote Understanding and Implementation of Patient Navigation Programs
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of initiatives to educate community members, cancer survivors and caregivers about the value of patient navigation and how to access these services TBD* TBD*
Number of organizations in New Mexico Cancer Support and Treatment Directory listed who offer patient navigation services 22 (2019) Maintain 22
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Support efforts to educate oncology providers and other healthcare decision-makers about the value of patient navigation services
  • Support efforts to educate community members, cancer survivors and caregivers about the value of patient navigation and how to access these services
  • Support advocacy efforts for reimbursement of patient navigator services
Objective 9.2 ﹥ Increase Training and Certification of Patient Navigators
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of free patient navigation training opportunities available to New Mexicans 1 (2018) TBD*
Number of opportunities for patient navigation certification available to New Mexicans by nationally recognized organizations  TBD* TBD*
* NM Cancer Council will consult with key stakeholders to determine baseline and target measures.

Strategies

  • Support nationally recognized training and certification for navigation programs in New Mexico
  • Support continued partnerships with national organizations that provide certification and trainings on patient navigation
  • Support collaboration with community colleges and state universities to offer evidence-based training and certification on patient navigation
  • Support solutions to overcome training and certification barriers
Objective 9.3 ﹥ Promote Collaboration Among Patient Navigators
Measures Baseline Progress 2024 Target
Number of navigators participating in statewide networking meetings and activities 36 (2018) Maintain 36

Strategies

  • Promote the participation of rural and urban patient navigators in statewide networking activities
  • Encourage partnerships with newly implemented patient navigator programs
  • Support outreach efforts using technology platforms for increased collaboration and networking