in Southeastern Washington State

Who We Are

The Columbia Chapter of Health Physics Society (CCHPS) is a professional organization whose members are specialists in radiation safety. The CCHPS offers its members educational and training opportunities through conferences, workshops, and technical meetings. Every year, the CCHPS members participate in various public outreach activities, including: Columbia Basin Engineering Science Fair, STEMCon, and Celebration of Science. Our primary goal is to increase public awareness about the benefits and risks associated with ionizing radiation.

Our objectives

The primary objectives of the Columbia Chapter are to: (1) aid in the work of health physics and the dissemination of information between individuals in this field and related fields, (2) improve public understanding of the problems and needs in radiation protection, (3) promote health physics as a profession, and (4) promote within the Chapter's jurisdiction the activities of the Health Physics Society.

The Columbia Chapter of Health Physics Society (CCHPS), in conjunction with the Herbert M. Parker Foundation and American Nuclear Society Eastern Washington Section (ANS-EWS), is planning to hold the first Herbert M. Parker Symposium in Richland, Washington, April 7-9, 2022 (contingent on relaxed local/State restrictions pertaining to COVID-19). We are moving ahead with plans for an in-person symposium, but are also considering the possibility of a hybrid (i.e. combination of in-person and virtual) meeting (Learn more).

Online Education

The novel coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home order prompted the CCHPS to cancel our monthly technical meetings. We are happy to announce an online meeting platform - CCHPS Webinars was lunched in March 2020. We are aware of the importance of continuing education credits and maintaining certifications. We will need all resources we can get to stay involved and informed.

Student Support

The Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society is proud to announce multiple scholarship opportunities for students enrolled or seeking enrollment to a health physics or related educational programs at accredited institutions. Visit each scholarship web page to learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply.

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Support CCHPS

Help us provide more scholarships and outreach activities! If you would like to contribute to CCHPS scholarships and support CCHPS's various professional and public outreach activities, please consider a donation.

We are 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.