Health and Family Services Cabinet
Corbin Named Acting Executive Director for Governor’s Fitness Initiative
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell announced today that Chris L. Corbin has been named the acting executive director of the Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Wellness and Physical Activity Initiative effective Oct. 1.
Corbin currently serves as the executive director of the Office of Health Policy at CHFS and will continue to fill that role. In OHP, he is responsible for coordinating all health policy issues and initiatives within the cabinet as well as those with other cabinets.
“With Chris’ breadth of experience in the health care field and personal dedication to health and fitness, he is a natural fit to lead the Wellness and Physical Activity Initiative,” said Birdwhistell. “We greatly appreciate his willingness to manage dual roles at the cabinet and take the lead on this exciting new program.”
The fitness initiative builds on the Get Healthy Kentucky campaign and was designed by Governor Fletcher to educate and inspire Kentuckians to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. It was made possible by legislation passed by 2006 General Assembly and will include, among other things, an interactive Web site where people of all ages can gather useful information about nutrition, physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Through the re-energized Get Healthy Kentucky effort all Kentuckians will have a reliable, single source for nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation related tools and information. The program will also include a Governor’s Challenge program to engage individuals, families, business, schools, churches and other organizations to meet individualized physical activity goals and be recognized for the completion.
Corbin has almost a decade of experience in health care and health insurance across the commonwealth. Prior to his work in OHP, he served as deputy executive director at the Kentucky Office of Insurance, where he was responsible for overseeing the health insurance policy and managed care division, Life division and Kentucky Access.
Corbin received a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky. An avid runner, he has competed in numerous road races and triathlons and will compete in the Chicago marathon on Oct. 22, 2006.
He and his wife reside in Lexington with their young daughter and new son.