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Public Health Expert & Career Naval Officer Dr. Pietro Marghella Joins Forces with PAVE Prevention

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

Date: 12/20/2021

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Public Health Expert & Career Naval Officer Dr. Pietro Marghella Joins Forces with PAVE Prevention, Inc, Deploying Violence Prevention Tools to the Healthcare Sector

San José, Costa Rica, December 20, 2021: Public health preparedness expert and career naval officer Dr. Pietro Marghella is joining efforts with PAVE Prevention to bring violence prevention tools to several national critical infrastructure sectors, providing expert advisory services to its leadership and clients.

A nationally recognized expert in disaster and emergency management, organizational behavior, and leadership, Dr. Marghella aims to introduce and implement violence prevention strategies in industry sectors where workplace violence has had extremely negative effects.

Olympic Champion and CEO of PAVE Prevention, Inc. Arlene Limas shares that Dr. Marghella has been of great help, guiding PAVE Prevention’s outreach efforts to reach new sectors including the hospitality and services industry; and the multi-sectoral emergency management community, including police, fire, and EMS first responders; public health preparedness leaders; and those who serve in the front-line “first receiver” community of healthcare and emergency departments.

Having served in the Navy for 20 years where he oversaw medical and public health response planning for different types of large-scale catastrophes, Dr. Marghella has a deep understanding of the implications of violence. “The presence of conflict and aggression in the workplace are well known causes and contributors of employee stress; alcohol and drug abuse; family violence at home; loss of employee productivity; and lost revenue that in aggregate amounts to billions of dollars per year. PAVE Prevention seeks to help reduce the impact of workplace violence by offering consultative-based support and focused strategies for alleviating workplace violence before it can lead otherwise productive organizations to ruin,” says Dr. Marghella.

An expert on disaster medicine and public health preparedness and response for large-scale disasters and catastrophic casualty events, Dr. Marghella joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2010 as a Professorial Lecturer. His recent operational assignments included Special Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico in the wake of the 2017 Dual Hurricanes; Senior Advisor for Medical Planning and Preparedness for the International Medical Corps (IMC) during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis in West Africa; and Director of the New York State Office of Emergency Management.

Dr. Marghella shares that “PAVE Prevention offers timely and important services in helping to reduce the scourge of workplace violence here in the U.S. and abroad” and looks forward to furthering the organization’s vision of a peaceful world through proactive anti-violence education.

About Dr. Pietro Marghella, D.Sc., M.Sc., M.A., CEM: Dr. Pietro Marghella holds a Doctorate in Health Sciences in Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Public Health Preparedness from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences; and master's degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and Healthcare Administration and Policy from Central Michigan University. He holds a Graduate Certificate in the Medical Effects of Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiation, and High Explosive Weapons of Mass Destruction from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was also an Executive Fellow in the Inaugural Cohort of the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at the Kennedy School of Government and the T.H. School of Public Health at Harvard University.

Dr. Marghella served as a Medical Plans, Operations, and Intelligence (POMI) officer in the U.S. Navy's Medical Service Corps, holding the most senior medical planning positions in the U.S. Government, including: Medical Response Advisor to the President of the United States (POTUS) aboard the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC)--better known as "NightWatch;" Director of Medical Contingency Operations for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Medical Plans and Intelligence for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (the largest of the Combatant Commands in the U.S. Department of Defense); Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for the U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC); and Chief of Medical Plans and Intelligence for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (including assignment as the Navy's RED CELL Medical Officer). His personal military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, awarded for exceptionally superior service in a position of significant responsibility to the United States Government.

Dr. Marghella is credentialed as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) in the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He has published more than 100 book chapters, monologues, articles, and presentations on medical planning, incident management, and the role of health service support in catastrophic-level disasters and incidents of national significance. His national-level planning credentials include the authoring of The National Smallpox Response Plan (2002); The Catastrophic Incident Response Plan (for responding to acts of domestic nuclear terrorism) (2004); and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Pandemic Influenza Response Plan (2006) and the National Security Council's Federal Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan (2009).

About PAVE Prevention, Inc: PAVE Prevention, Inc. is a social enterprise which offers guidance, training, and expert advice to companies, their employees, and the communities they operate within on how to proactively prevent, react to, and heal from violent events. For more information, visit:


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