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Medical Burnout, Student Debt, and B-Corps: Houston Matters for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Medical Burnout, Student Debt, and B-Corps: Houston Matters for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Have a high stress job? Feel like you’re burning out a bit? It happens to a lot of Houstonians – notably to physicians, who too often spend more time with paperwork and less with their patients.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what’s behind physician burnout, and how it impacts the doctor-patient relationship.

Also: A recent report places Houston in the top third among cities nationwide when it comes to affordability for first-time home-buyers. The financial pressure becomes greater when that home buyer is saddled with student debt. Another recent report finds college graduates in Harris County with student loans to repay have to earn, on average, $7,000 more annually in order to afford to purchase a home. Of course, it’s common for new graduates to rent for a while before taking the plunge into the housing market, but should we be concerned that average student loan debt of around $24,000 is keeping some younger Houstonians from even attempting to buy a home? We’ll discuss it.

Plus: Can a for-profit business have a non-profit mindset? We learn about benefit corporations – known as “B-Corps.” They’re for-profit businesses which are designed to not only turn a profit, but also to achieve some sort of positive impact for society at large. They’re generally more transparent than other companies, and are in some way held accountable to the mission they establish. There’s a certification process, through a non-profit called B Lab, which establishes standards for the company in question to meet. We learn about a company in Houston that’s received that certification. And we talk with the founder of a marketing and publicity firm that only accepts clients connected to a cause.

And: We discuss the week in sports with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower.

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  • Advice for Starting Life with Student Debt

    A recent report places Houston in the top third among cities nationwide when it comes to affordability for first-time home-buyers. The financial pressure becomes greater when that home buyer is saddled with student debt. Another recent report finds college graduates in Harris County with student loans to repay have to earn, on average, $7,000 more annually in order to afford to purchase a home.

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  • How Do Houston Doctors Keep from Burning Out?

    Have a high stress job? Feel like you’re burning out a bit? It happens to a lot of Houstonians – notably to physicians, who too often spend more time with paperwork and less with their patients. We discuss what’s behind physician burnout, and how it impacts the doctor-patient relationship.

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  • Can a For-Profit Business Have a Non-Profit Mindset?

    Can a for-profit business have a non-profit mindset? We learn about benefit corporations – known as “B-Corps.” They’re for-profit businesses which are designed to not only turn a profit, but also to achieve some sort of positive impact for society at large. They’re generally more transparent than other companies, and are in some way held accountable to the mission they establish.

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  • Designing Costumes and Set Pieces for the Circus

    We hear from Houstonian Jim Seigler, who spent much of his career designing set pieces and costumes for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He later worked designing displays for Foley’s in Houston. An exhibit of some of his sketches, called My Life with the Circus, was featured at Houston’s Hyde Park Gallery this summer.

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  • What Went Wrong for the Texans in Their Loss to the Giants?

    The Houston Texans lost their first game of the season 30-17 to the New York Giants Sunday. We discuss what went wrong, how the Texans need to respond in their next game against Buffalo, and all the week’s sports news with CultureMap Houston columnist MK Bower.

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Craig Cohen

Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager, to talk show host, reporter, news director, and producer. He's interviewed politicians, industry leaders, authors, newsmakers, and the occasional Muppet. Craig seeks to make the world a slightly better place every day, by informing, enlightening, and entertaining.View all posts by Craig Cohen →