2021.09.27 Self Care Conference


Self-Care Conference

Embracing self, health, and wellness


Join us Live at the International Banquet and Conference Center

or Online via BlueJeans


September 27, 2021

10am - 2pm 


it is highly recommended that those attending this event in-person be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will require that all in attendance wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. You will also be required to complete a brief screening.           



This conference is designed to bring positive awareness to help individuals understand the concepts and importance of self-care, mental health, wellness, nutrition, physical wellness, and relationships. The overall goal is for attendees to leave feeling encouraged, motivated, and engaged. 

Discussions focus on: 

Work/Life Balance 
The power of vulnerability 
Celebration of life while coping with guilt or loss
Accessing resources for strength, renewal, and revival


Guest Speakers


Michael Ealy has established himself as one of Hollywood's leading men seamlessly jumping from TV to film.He starred in the Sony thriller The Intruder opposite Dennis Quaid and Meagan Good and most recently starred opposite Hilary Swank in the noir thriller Fatale, which reteamed him with director Deon Taylor (The Intruder).  He will also appear in the upcoming Macro film Really Love for director Angel Kristi Williams.


Previously, Ealy served as an Executive Producer and starred as the title character in the Sony thriller The Perfect Guy, which opened number one at the box office and earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.  Other recent successful titles include, the remake of the cult favorite, Jacob’s Ladder, Think Like A Man and Think Like A Man Too, About Last Night, Underworld: Awakening, For Colored Girls, Takers and 2 Fast 2 Furious. 


On television, Ealy has starred or co-starred in several TV series such as, the Emmy award winning series The Good Wife, Common Law, Almost Human for mega-producer JJ Abrams, Californication and The Following, opposite Kevin Bacon, where he was hailed as “the new face of evil” for his chilling portrayal of serial killer Theo.  His most acclaimed TV role was his starring turn in Sleeper Cell for Showtime Networks, in which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. In addition, he was handpicked by Oprah Winfrey to star opposite Academy Award winner Halle Berry, in the ABC miniseries Their Eyes Were Watching God, which earned him an NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of Teacake.  He also starred opposite Gabrielle Union in the BET drama series Being Mary Jane and starred as the lead suspect in the second installment of ABC’s drama series Secrets and Lies, opposite Juliette Lewis. He most recently co-starred in the hit ABC drama series Stumptown with Cobie Smulders and Jake Johnson.


Some of Ealy's earlier work includes the drama, Seven Pounds, with Will Smith; a leading turn in Spike Lee's WWII picture Miracle at St. Anna’s; and his breakout role as Ricky Nash in Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business.


Michael Ealy resides in Los Angeles.

John H. Smith, Author and Owner of Grind Time Fitness, LLC John focuses on the mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being of his clients, not just the physical. 
Grindtime Fitness is a personal training facility that offers group training as well as one on one training. Grindtime Fitness also provides meal plans and meal prep to help those who find healthy eating to be a challenge. Grindtime Fitness is a gym that aims to help encourage people to have a better quality of life through physical activity, encouragement, dedication, and healthy eating guidance. We have a heart for the people we serve. Our ultimate goal is to help get Detroit healthy again. This is the gym where excuses are put away, limitations are broken, and physical results are achieved.

Michelle Mattison, The Humanity Collection

Michelle C. Mattison of is an appointee on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.
Mattison is a yoga enthusiast and experienced instructor. She is a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree after recently completing her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is a Detroit native with a passion for yoga and improving health determinants in the Black community by enhancing the quality of mental health services. Mattison is a world peace visionary and firmly believes in the power of uplifting individuals through empathy, encouragement and integrity. While in the School of Social Work, she has served as the president of our Student Union and deputy director of Black Radical Healing Pathways.

Mattison envisions using her collective experiences to own a business that focuses on advocacy and empowerment. Her most recent work includes educating teenagers on the practice and knowledge to support a healthy meditation practice. She pursued her MSW while pregnant with her third child and has hoped to serve as an impression of resilience and redemption. Mattison hopes that being transparent about her life experiences will uplift others and plant seeds of self-belief. 


Ebony Lewis, Author, Community Activist, wife and mother has had a desire to inspire change in the community her entire life. After attending King High School then Columbia College in Chicago, she retuned home to do just that. Working in youth development for over 10 years and as the Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, she has certainly made her mark. Black Boys It Is Okay to Cry is about the emotional state of our young men, highlighting some of the things we go through from a young age. Lewis’ inspiration has come from personal struggles, as she had to endure her cousin taking his own life in 2016. She also watched as her father battled with bi-polar disease her entire life.


Registration is required. Walk-ins WILL NOT be permitted. Register to ensure your attendance.

By joining us at this event, attendees consent to Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network's Detroit Wayne Connect photographing, videotaping and using your image and likeness.

If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this training, please notify Tinetra Burns at (313) 344-9099 or tburns@dwihn.org. Please make arrangements at least two weeks before the event date.

If you work WITHIN Wayne County please dismiss the payment portion of the registration process and hit "submit".

If you work OUTSIDE of Wayne County there is a nominal $30.00 registration fee to attend this training. Please pay prior to your arrival by entering your credit card information when the registration process asks for it. You may also bring a company check or money order for the full amount with you to the registration table at the event as well. All checks/money orders can be made out to ‘DWIHN’. Receipts will be available upon request.

Substitutions are permitted at any time. No Shows will be billed at the same rate. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 7 business days prior to the training to asmith1@dwihn.org in order to obtain a full refund. If cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to the training, no refund will be issued.