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This research is important because policy attention on community approaches to health and wellbeing has often increased faster than the evidence base. In order to ensure good policy, we need good evidence, 
developed through rigorous, theory-based studies.
There is evidence starting to emerge that sustained positive health and social outcomes canonly occur when people and communities have opportunities to manage their own futures, and the skills and capabilities to be able to do so. The importance of community – community spirit, mutual aid and support – was brought home to us all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This research will help focus attention on the importance of community topublic health generally; especially important as we rebuild, and imagine, what may be required to cope with future crises.

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