This is the 20th consecutive year that The TMJ Association advocacy efforts have resulted in report language. Report language tells agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that elected officials are concerned about specific issues. This directive has a powerful influence on the decisions made by the government agencies. We’ve established personal contacts with staff and elected officials, and have garnered their support by reporting regularly on TMD research, as well as letting them know what we, the patients, need. The U.S.