INPUT Patient Advocacy
Melissa Holloway was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 11. After graduating from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University; Staunton, Virginia) with a BA cum laude, with distinction in philosophy/religion, she pursued a master’s in theology at The University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee). Melissa continued her education at Oxford University, where she gained a master’s in historical research. After facing obstacles in obtaining NHS funding for her insulin pump supplies, Melissa started a support network for Oxford students with diabetes. She then embarked on a career in the healthcare industry as a writer for Close Concerns. She worked in the global headquarters of Abbott Diabetes Care (Alameda, California) from December 2005 until September 2007, and moved to London in October of that year. Melissa worked as a healthcare business consultant for two years and has been a professional medical copywriter since 2009.
In her role as Chief Adviser with INPUT Patient Advocacy, the UK charity supporting patient access to diabetes technology, Melissa advises and supports enquirers and works on policy issues. She is also a service user representative on the NHS London Diabetes Strategic Clinical Leadership Group (SCLG) and a volunteer for JDRF.