Austin American-Statesman May 10, 2021
Nicole Villalpando

Researchers at the University of Texas Dell Medical School have been trying to answer the question: How do you get more access to health care and social service resources for people experiencing homelessness in Austin?

One of Dell Medical School’s previous studies of people experiencing homelessness found that one-third of people entering the health and human services system in Austin did not have a basic identity document. 

Dr. Tim Mercer, director of the global health program in the medical school’s population health department, works as an internal medicine doctor at CommUnityCare with the homeless population. 

“It’s a major issue. … I wouldn’t have realized it if I was not there on the front lines,” he said.

Now Mercer and his colleagues are working on...

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