PHOCUSED was officially formed in 2008 as an offspring of many community-based movements. These movements brought together prominent activists, community groups, and nonprofit agencies advocating for the most vulnerable citizens of Hawaii. It began with a group of stakeholders engaging leaders in the health and human services sector to examine more closely those populations most at risk in Hawaii. This grassroots movement blossomed into a organization that partners with similarly committed organizations to advocate on behalf of those that do not have a voice. PHOCUSED officially became a not-for-profit entity in June of 2008 and has been committed to social advocacy ever since.