Principal, Grosso McCarthy
Francesca is responsible for developing and executing strategy, public affairs and communications to assist clients achieve legislative, regulatory and policy change at the federal and provincial levels of government. She has also given strategic advice on health care issues to both the federal and provincial governments. Francesca is a board member of Patients Canada, a group that brings the patient voice to public policy, a caregiver and a patient navigator. She is also a reviewer for CIHR innovations projects.
Francesca has been immersed in health care strategy, policy and communications for more than 15 years. She served as a Director of Policy to the Ontario Minister of Health. Francesca was Vice President of Health Care at Environics Research Group. She has been involved in numerous studies of key health issues, including a review of legislation pertaining to private health clinics, and a legislative and policy review for the Patient Safety Institute on quality assurance programs across Canada.
Francesca helped establish the Health Council of Canada and was a transition team member establishing the new federal agencies, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Mental Health Commission.
She was a member of Sun Media’s Osprey Writers’ Group along with Barbara McDougall, Eddy Greenspan and other notable Canadians and has been a commentator on health issues for both television and print media.
She has co-authored a Canadian bestseller with Michael Decter, Navigating Canada’s Health Care System which was widely reviewed is in its second print. This book provides help, direction, tips and tricks to help Canadians navigate a complex health care system with better results. Francesca Grosso has recently completed The History of Sunnybrook Hospital: Battle to Greatness, published by Dundurn Press, November 2014.