MEMBER: Joe Solowiejczyk, RN MSW CDE

Joe Solowiejczyk is President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education service for health care professionals and adults and children with diabetes. He helped start and build the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia-Presbyterian, a comprehensive, family-focused center for diabetes research, education and patient care, where he served as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. He has also worked as a consultant to Children's Hospital Oakland, helping them to expand and develop their clinical diabetes program. He is currently with the Oakland Unified School District where he is coordinating the implementation of a unique in-district diabetes program.

A healthcare professional who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 40 years, Mr. Solowiejczyk has been able to translate his personal experience into patient care. As a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist, he specializes in assessing how family dynamics impact management of diabetes and designing interventions that result in more effective coping and optimal metabolic control.

Mr. Solowiejczyk has worked extensively with both patients and professionals on the family-oriented approach to diabetes management. He has consulted with diabetes clinics in the U.S. and abroad on the design of educational and counseling programs for both children and adults. He has conducted workshops for parents to help them cope with the diagnosis and daily challenge of living with diabetes, as well as workshops for health care professionals on integrating family therapy into clinical practice. He has also adapted this model to work with children and adults with Type 2 diabetes. He has appeared in San Francisco/Bay Area newspapers, local television and radio, as well as National Public Radio, "All Things Considered".

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude), Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work (Masters in Social Services), and San Francisco State University, where he received his degree in Nursing. He has an appointment as an adjunct clinical instructor at the Columbia University School of Nursing.