Dan Prater

Prater to lead strategic workshop for Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 9, 2015 — Drury University faculty member Dan Prater has been selected to lead a strategic communication workshop for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) board of directors in Kansas City.

Prater, an instructor in the Drury Communication Department and the director of the university’s Center for Nonprofit Communication, will lead the training for STFM’s 18-member board on July 29. Board members are doctors and educators representing health care systems and universities throughout the country, including Dartmouth Medical School, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas.

Dan Prater

Dan Prater

The training will include sessions on message development and effective communication techniques. “Communication is the key,” says Prater. “Regardless of the size or scope of the organization, if you can’t articulate your mission and vision in a clear, compelling manner, you are unlikely to succeed.”

STFM has nearly 5,000 members and offers educational resources for volunteer preceptors who teach medical students and residents in family medicine. Family medicine is a specialty that provides continuing, comprehensive health care for individuals and families. It is a specialty that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences.

Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Communication is a regional nonprofit resource center, providing workshops and private consultations for more than 125 nonprofit/civic groups each year in Missouri and surrounding states. Organizations range from large institutions such as hospitals and universities to small, volunteer-only community organizations. Sessions are designed to educate and empower organizational leaders (including board members), helping them accomplish their missions.


Drury to host conference for nonprofit leaders

Springfield, Mo., October 7, 2013 — Hundreds of community leaders representing organizations from Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma will gather Thursday, October 17, at Drury University for the 2013 Nonprofit Communication Conference.

The one-day annual conference, presented by the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication, will feature training on a variety of sessions including public relations, technology, crisis communication and fundraising. Representatives from many of Missouri’s largest health systems, universities, charitable and civic groups will be in attendance.

According to the IRS, there are more than 1,700 registered nonprofit organizations in Springfield – including many of the region’s top employers. A recent study revealed there are more than 50,000 people employed every day in Springfield nonprofit organizations.

The 2013 Nonprofit Conference, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., will held in the Trustee Science Center on the Drury University campus. Greg Burris, Springfield city manager and Dr. David Manuel, new president of Drury University will present opening comments; session speakers include Dr. Scott Helm, University of Missouri- Kansas; Christy Maxfield, CEO of The Mission Center in St. Louis; Dr. Paul Thomlinson, vice president of Burrell Behavioral Health, and many others.

Conference cost is $35 per person, and includes lunch by Panera Bread and refreshments by Krispy Kreme. Registration is online at www.NPcomm.org.

Major conference sponsors include Great Southern Bank, KPM Accountants, Panera Bread, CARES magazine, and Fundraiser Software.

For more information, contact conference organizer Dan Prater by calling 417-873-7443 or by emailing dprater@drury.edu.