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I need help to heal the heroes.

Hey there! Jen here. This post will update as these needs are filled, but some of you have requested to know how you can specifically help me with what I’m doing in Paraguay. You can help with any of these needs at becominghero.byjenfinelli.com.

Here are the big money hurdles I’m facing right now.

ULTRASOUND POCUS PRECEPTORSHIP, PART 1 $1800: Perhaps the most urgent need, I’ve been performing informal screening ultrasounds for indigenous people while I wait for my US licensure to transfer over to Paraguay. I thought I’d have more contact with Paraguayan providers to help supervise my scans, but that’s not the case, and more seriously, I’m now discovering these informal screening ultrasounds are some peoples’ only healthcare! As a result, I need a back-up preceptor to supervise my scans to make sure these people are safe and I’m not missing anything. This isn’t an ongoing cost, and likely will just be until I’ve obtained my Paraguayan licensure, but right now, it’s pretty dang important that I get a second opinion–it’s been several years since I was taught scanning in residency, and I don’t have anywhere near enough under my belt to be confident without back-up. COMPLETE!

ULTRASOUND POCUS PRECEPTORSHIP, PART 2 $1800: Perhaps the most urgent need, I’ve been performing informal screening ultrasounds for indigenous people while I wait for my US licensure to transfer over to Paraguay. I thought I’d have more contact with Paraguayan providers to help supervise my scans, but that’s not the case, and more seriously, I’m now discovering these informal screening ultrasounds are some peoples’ only healthcare! As a result, I need a back-up preceptor to supervise my scans to make sure these people are safe and I’m not missing anything. This isn’t an ongoing cost, and likely will just be until I’ve obtained my Paraguayan licensure, but right now, it’s pretty dang important that I get a second opinion–it’s been several years since I was taught scanning in residency, and I don’t have anywhere near enough under my belt to be confident without back-up.

MEDICATION FUND, $0 out of $200 monthly: I’ve been paying out of pocket to get people medicines when the public hospital runs out. Paraguayans have access to free healthcare–if they can pay for transportation, and pay for all the medications and equipment the hospital doesn’t have. I will be publishing a “medication SOP” here so you can see how I decide whose medications to pay for.

MERCY FUND, $0 out of $100 monthly: Same as above, but for blankets, transportation for indigenous children to get their paperwork so they have the right to go to school, etc etc

MOBILE CLINIC VAN, $1000 out of $8000 raised: I’m currently spending a lot of money riding around in Bolt (Paraguay’s version of Uber). That’s okay for now, but it means I can’t transport patients anyway, and when we tried to get help for our indigenous childrens’ paperwork, we ran into people who would sometimes avoid driving with us, or raise prices because of our race (mine, for being a “rich American,” theirs for being “dirty Indians”–yes, that’s an actual term/stereotype that’s used). Here’s a link to a presentation where I talk more about the need for a mobile van. You can help with this by giving to Project Paraguay, my partners in this endeavor, and specifying “MOBILE CLINIC VAN” on your donation. COMPLETE!