NCDC hosts a monthly event called "CityThink", where professionals throughout Nashville Davidson County come and present about various topics presented in Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan. These events will bring awareness to how public health is impacted by the design of a community, and will inform citizens how to make their community a healthier place.
The design center is also participating in studies in various counties throughout Tennessee to understand how the principles in the publication can be applied in places other than Nashville. This research will focus on using the healthy community checklist provided at the end of the book. This checklist can be used to evaluate communities as a whole, as well as individual buildings in any community.
NCDC's projects and events will inform the community and developers:
- How to create community and neighborhood plans that promote public health through the design of buildings and communities as a whole.
- Strategies identified in the publication to all stakeholders to help give the community an understanding of how urban design and their day-to-day routine can affect their health.
- Introduce an Urban Design Challenge in locations throughout Nashville and designs are entered into the competition to better the public health by integrating public art and urban design.