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September 7, 2009

Understanding the Importance of Communities That Care

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(9):866-868. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.144

Communities That Care (CTC) seeks to prevent or reduce youths' involvement in illegal substance use and criminal activities through an evidence-based public health program. For Archives readers, accustomed to many similar research reports, CTC's strategic approach undoubtedly seems another instance of normal science. Thus, readers might easily overlook the importance of the Hawkins et al study1 and view their evaluation as an interesting but hardly paradigm-shattering contribution.

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